Opening Up : My Autobiography, Paperback

Opening Up : My Autobiography Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Mike Atherton is the most articulate and perceptive captain of English cricket since Mike Brearley. He was also one of the most determined batsmen of the nineties, and as an opener, a vital component of the England team.

Atherton has played professional cricket for Lancashire and England for 15 years, despite a serious back complaint. He represented England in 115 Test matches and captained his country on a record 54 occasions. His recovery from a difficult situation in 1995 (when he was accused of ball tampering during the first Test match against South Africa at Lord's) proved a tough hurdle, yet one that would strengthen his resolve.

His autobiography contains many serious observations about world cricket, as well as humorous asides and perceptive insights into the game. A born writer, this is Atherton in his own words.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 4 x 8pp colour
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Autobiography: sport
  • ISBN: 9780340822333



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As good a cricket biog as any I've read. An interesting insight to England cricket captaincy

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I've never read a sports autobiography before, and may never again, but I was interested in this because (a) I love cricket and (b) Atherton as a journalist/commentator has some interesting things to say, laced with a dry wit and a knowledge that extends outside cricket. With that in mind, I'm less interested in the narrative of events in Atherton's life, which, not unreasonably, takes up most of the book. I like the reflections on what it takes to be an opening batsman -- the concentration, the mental and physical tussles with bowlers -- as in the account of one of Atherton's duels with Allan Donald. My favourite quote: "The essence of the game lies in its human element — the fraillties, the errors and the often irrational emotional responses that characterise us as living, feeling beings rather than as automatons. A batsman must learn to accept his fate — the unplayable delivery, the brilliant catch, a spiteful wicket, a poor [umpiring] decision. These things are beyond his control and how he copes with these setbacks is part of the challenge of the game. Life is not fair — why should cricket be any different?"