As 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 47.
David 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, Jonny and his family strived to find an even keel and come to terms with the loss of their father and husband.
Jonny 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 wicketkeeper.
Written 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.
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By Mr. Jeffrey Cornish on 25-04-18
Thoughtful and moving, Johnny interweaves his cricket story with his dad’s. He talks about his dad’s suicide with honesty and an amazing lack of self-pity. It is an inspiring account of becoming ‘stronger in the broken places’ as he says. It appealed to me because I didn’t know much about his dad, and wanted to know more, as well as being curious about how the death of his father might have affected him.The human content re handling grief and loss would make the book appeal to more than just cricket lovers, though the compassionate cricket lover will appreciate it best. The co-writer seems to have add slightly flowery descriptive bits which Jonny may not feel is quite ‘him’, but don’t let that put you off!
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