“A Clear Blue Sky” by Jonny Bairstow (with Duncan Hamilton).
- ISBN: 9780008232672
- Publication date: 17th May 2018
- Page count: 320
- Imprint: HarperCollins
Review by Ben " Chalky " White
Having an autobiography at the young age of 27 may seem a bit odd. However, this is slightly different – it’s largely about how the suicide of his father (also a Yorkshire & England wicketkeeper) when Jonny was only 7. The book is written nearly 20 years on from his death and it provides a lovely bittersweet insight into the Bairstow family and how Jonny rose to become one of the world’s best players.
Like a number of players, Jonny trains very hard and is determined to be the best he can. However, he has that extra bit of motivation and drive in the form of his late father. How he overcame being dropped after the terrible tour to Australia in 2013/14 and how he made his first Test match century. He is now a record-breaking wicketkeeper-batsman and is a firm fixture in the England Test team.
I am sure Jonny will write a full autobiography at the end of his career or when he is a great deal older, but this is a fab read and gives an insight into a current player.
9 Chalk Marks
THE SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR Daily Mail
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 forty-six.
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.
About The Author
Jonny Bairstow, the son of the former England wicketkeeper David Bairstow, is a wicketkeeper-batsman who has become a force to be reckoned with in England’s middle order. In 2016 he set a new record for the most test runs and most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a calendar year.
Duncan Hamilton is one of only two authors to have won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award twice, for Provided You Don’t Kiss Me, about Brian Clough and Harold Larwood. He lives in Leeds.
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