For me a wonderful read Of course, I am biased, I belong to one of those generations of Yorkshiremen who knew, loved and idolised David Bairstow.
What makes this young man different from other sons of famous fathers Chris Broad, Richard Hutton, Sean Pollock or Dean Headley was that he chose to follow precisely in his father s footsteps, taking not only the same role, but also for the same team, as his father in Headley s case he even played for a different country It does not surprise me because Jonny is clearly a chip off the old block and even if he was a mere 8 years old when his father died he had clearly still managed to absorb so much of his father.
Unusually for this type of book Jonny actually has a story to tell despite his young age Some of it is about his upbringing in difficult circumstances, a lot of it is about the gigan A brilliant autobiography Puts life into perspective Awesome wicketkeeper for both Yorkshire and for England Here s hoping he plays a starring role in bringing home the ashes this winter On the fifth of January 1998 Janet Bairstow, together with her two children Jonathan and Becky, returned home to find her husband had hanged himself Around this moment of traumatic experience hangs the story which Jonny Bairstow chooses to tell Nobody will ever know the full reasons why his father committed suicide but David Bairstow was a well known Yorkshire and England cricketer and Jonny was only eight when he returned home with his mother and sister that fateful evening Jonny was aware that his famous father had been bitterly disappointed when a fraught clash of Yorkshire personalities crudely sacked David from the captaincy and the club.
So sporting endeavour, inescapable public gaze, petty politics and profound human engagement are intertwined to produce a book which is adeptly written by Jonny Bairstow himself and the wordsmith, Duncan Hamilton It is not one story an
Really lovely book I have always followed cricket and have been intrigued to see how Johnny Bairstow would fare, following in his dads famous footsteps I have been willing him to succeed since he first played for England Glad he s been able to achieve so much already Also enlightens the reader on how he coped with the death of his dad Would highly recommend to any cricket fan.
☆ A Clear Blue Sky ☆ Terrific book Who wrote it Sensitive and revealing Couldn t put it down.
Cricket interesting but also the story of David, the awful politics Of YCCC back then, the family, and the usual anecdotes of cricket moments.
Good solid Yorkshire sense as well with a great expression of what it means to be a Yorkshireman.
Bairstow s next two innings after I had read the book were two fabulous centuries against New Zealand At the moment I feel he deserves and will get a hundred every time he gets to the crease.
Well done to whoever translated the transcripts into such elegant prose More than a cricket book a piece of literature.
SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR Daily MailAs A Young Boy Of Eight, Jonny Bairstow Was Dealt A Cruel Blow His Father David Bluey Bairstow, The Combative And Very Popular Wicketkeeper And Captain Of Yorkshire, Took His Own Life At The Age Of Forty SixDavid Left Behind Jonny, Jonny S Sister Becky And Half Brother Andy, And His Wife Janet, Who Had Recently Been Diagnosed With Cancer At The Time Of His Death From These Incredibly Tough Circumstances, Â A Clear Blue Sky Â Download by Ä Jonny Bairstow Jonny And His Family Strived To Find An Even Keel And Come To Terms With The Loss Of Their Father And HusbandJonny Found His Way Through His Dedication To Sport He Was A Gifted And Natural Athlete, With Potential Careers Ahead Of Him In Rugby And Football, But He Eventually Chose Cricket And Came To Build A Career That Followed In His Father S Footsteps, Eventually Reaching The Pinnacle Of The Sport And Breaking The Record For Most Test Runs In A Year By A WicketkeeperWritten With Multiple Award Winning Writer Duncan Hamilton, This Is An Incredible Story Of Triumph Over Adversity And A Memoir With Far Reaching Lessons About Determination And The Will To Overcome