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Leading from the Front: The Autobiography of Mike Gatting - Mike Gatting with Angela Patmore

MacDonald Queen Anne Press, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with the expected associated abrasion to the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned, more heavily so at the margins.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “Through his cricketing career Mike Gatting has allowed his bat to do the talking. His flair for positive captaincy has made many of England’s recent matches thrilling to watch — win or lose. Never a self-publicist, Gatting for the first time gives his version of events in his own lively and likeable style, interspersed with comments from family, friends and colleagues.

As a boy his furious fights with his young brother Steve were soon translated into sport, since their father was a sports club steward. The two boys became prodigies at both cricket and football, each having eventually to choose between two sporting careers — Steve opting for football with Arsenal. Earning a place at Middlesex, Mike for several years became the highest qualified Englishman in the batting averages, yet he took a long time to cement his place in the England side and feel accepted and settled. A successful skipper of Middlesex, he was at last given the responsibility of the England vice-captaincy under David Gower on the Indian tour of 1984-85 and it was there that he unleashed his formidable batting talent in Test cricket.

Gatting became England captain in 1986, and soon he had stamped his personality on the team as a bouncy optimist devoted to cricket. Not that his courage had ever been in doubt. On the 1985-86 tour of the West Indies, where he had been hideously injured by a bouncer from Malcolm Marshall, he had had his nose repaired and gone straight back into the fray. He has galvanised the England players behind him as few predecessors have done, inspiring a loyalty that led to their statements of solidarity in Faisalabad.

The row between Mike Gatting and umpire Shakoor Rana did more than rock cricket; it welled into an international incident. Ironically the man at the centre of the storm had been referred to in the Press as ‘ordinary to the point of dullness! The chapter on the tour has been written by Mike’s co-author Angela Patmore, who was in Pakistan and provides a fuller version of events there.

From the riots of 1977-78 in Pakistan to the turmoil of the Jackman affair in Guyana, from the despair of ‘blackwashes’ in the West Indies to the exhilaration of the 1987-88 clean sweep in Australia, here is a career full of incident and controversy yet one that does honour to the game of cricket.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 216 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.