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  • Published: 5 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241401453
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Autobiography

The Sunday Times Bestseller

The no-holds barred life story of Britain's greatest cricketer

He is the greatest batsman to ever play for England's Cricket Team, one of the most gifted players in the world, but in 2018 he played his final game.

At 33, Alastair Cook announced his retirement from sport. The English Cricket Team was left reeling and, ahead of the Ashes, on a burning search for a player worthy of his place.

Now, he tells a no-holds-barred, close-up account of his last chapter, his 33rd and last Test hundred, an intimate tale of his life: his family, of the man he is today and the man he will be - after cricket.

An icon, a role model and one of the loveliest men alive, Alastair is lauded as a person as well as a player and this is his never-before-heard story.

  • Published: 5 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241401453
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Praise for The Autobiography

It makes for fascinating reading, as the former England captain recounts what it took to succeed at the top of his game - and reveals what made him decide to hang up his whites at the relatively early age of 33

Radio Times

A fascinating and layered book which delves into the psychological challenges of the game . . . a timely read at the end of an exhilarating yet flawed summer for English cricket


Bracingly honest about the brutal nature of professional cricket

The Times

Reveals Cook as a teak-tough, mentally powerful competitor . . . Brutally honest insight into professional sport at the highest level

Press Association

Cricket legend Alastair Cook's remarkably candid autobiography reveals the pressures of playing the sport at the highest level for more than a decade


He details the complexity of the process, from technique to mental agonies, to draining team politics . . . there are also lots of endearing behind-the-scenes details

Strong Words

The best books to buy sports fans this Christmas

Daily Telegraph

He is England's greatest ever batsman...but behind that choirboy exterior, Cook is as tough as tugboats, a man who has spent his life doing one of the hardest, scariest jobs in sports - opening the batting in Test cricket. This hugely enjoyable book gives you an idea of quite how challenging it is, and makes you see that finding a replacement for "The Chef" at the top of England's batting order won't be any picnic

Sports Books of the Year Daily Mail

Hugely enjoyable

Sport Books of the Year, Daily Mail

Sir Alastair reveals his more ruthless and passionate sides in a book more probing than most sport biogs

Daily Mirror

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