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What Now? - Phil Tufnell with Peter Hayter

CollinsWillow, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “No English bowler in the nineties has been able to turn a game on its head like Phil Tufnell; and no modern cricketer has so infuriated the authorities and courted controversy in a career that has often teetered on the brink of ruin. ‘Phil is a great bowler — and a complete dickhead’, according to one Middlesex and England colleague; while a former West Indies Test batsman called him ‘an oik of the worst sort’.

The critics might have lambasted Tufnell, the country’s leading left-arm spinner, for his performances on the 1997/98 West Indies tour. But when the force is with him, as it was when he spun England to victory over Australia in the final Ashes Test of the 1997 summer series, ‘The Cat’ is capable of the kind of cricketing excellence which unites all in admiration of his talent.

In his autobiography, Tufnell charts his extraordinarily complex life and provides a fascinating insight into what makes him tick. He tells the full story of his expulsion from not one but two schools and the wild days of birds and booze that he freely admits could have killed him. He reflects on a tumultuous career in cricket that reads like a television soap opera: fined for a late-night binge on his first overseas cricket tour; punished for swearing at an umpire in India; admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Perth after throwing tantrums in his hotel room; accused of smoking cannabis in a Christchurch wine bar lavatory; and more recently his failure to take a drugs test during an end of season county match for Middlesex.

He discusses in full detail his relationships, including that with a former girlfriend which ended in violence and despair, and the calming influence of his second wife Lisa and the shock of almost losing her and their daughter during a pregnancy.

A day in the life of Phil Tufnell never passes without incident, whether on or off the field. His is a human story as much as a cricket story, brought to life in this colourful and compelling book.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Green titling to the Spine. 256 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.