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David Gower - Author

About the Author

David Gower was born in 1957 and made his England debut in 1978, famously hitting his first ball in Test cricket to the boundary. He went on to win 117 caps for his country, scoring 8231 runs and captaining the side 32 times. After retiring from the game, he moved into a broadcasting career as a team captain in the hugely popular series 'They Think It's All Over' and has been the main presenter of Sky Sports' cricket coverage for many years now.

Featured books by David Gower

An Endangered Species

An Endangered Species

Author: David Gower Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

As a cricketer, David Gower was famed for the elegance of his strokeplay as one of England's greatest batsmen and for his superb fielding. As a captain, he led his country to Ashes success, yet some queried his application because it all seemed to come to him so easily and effortlessly. But that was never the whole story: Gower was always committed and a great competitor, as this fascinating and frank book, looking back on his life and career, shows. Once he retired from the game, Gower built a new career for himself, first as team captain in the long-running TV comedy series They Think It's All Over, and then as an astute and charming presenter and commentator with Sky Sports. After more than 30 years as one of the most popular figures in the game, Gower now reveals there is so much more to his story than the cliched image of 'Lord' Gower flying in his Tiger Moth. He is a man of great insight, determination and drive, but who also knows there is always more to be had from life.

An Endangered Species

An Endangered Species

Author: David Gower Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2013

As a cricketer, David Gower was famed for the elegance of his strokeplay as one of England's greatest batsmen and for his superb fielding. As a captain, he led his country to Ashes success, yet some queried his application because it all seemed to come to him so easily and effortlessly. But that was never the whole story: Gower was always committed and a great competitor, as this fascinating and frank book, looking back on his life and career, shows. Once he retired from the game, Gower built a new career for himself, first as team captain in the long-running TV comedy series They Think It's All Over, and then as an astute and charming presenter and commentator with Sky Sports. After more than 30 years as one of the most popular figures in the game, Gower now reveals there is so much more to his story than the cliched image of 'Lord' Gower flying in his Tiger Moth. He is a man of great insight, determination and drive, but who also knows there is always more to be had from life.

Other books by David Gower

Heroes and Contemporaries (Text Only)

Heroes and Contemporaries (Text Only)

Author: David Gower Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2017

First published in 1983, Heroes and Contemporaries reveals a new aspect of David Gower's personality - that of an astute and intelligent observer of the game and of his fellow players.In this book he has chosen a collection of the people in cricket he most admires and has written about them in conversational style, with immediacy and critical appreciation.Gower's encounters with these people behind the scenes - some of the most important players of our time - give us insight into their characters, their strengths and weaknesses, an insight which we would not normally have just by observing them on the field or by reading newspaper reports. His views on the captaincies of Bob Willis, Mike Brearley and Ian Botham are especially revealing. There is also displayed in this book considerable understanding of the psychology of such contemporaries as Ian Botham and Geoff Boycott, and an important chapter is included on Ray Illingworth, Gower's staunchest champion and sternest critic.Although Heroes and Contemporaries is basically about other people, it also tells us a great deal about David Gower himself.

Right Ambition (Text Only)

Right Ambition (Text Only)

Author: David Gower Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2017

First published in 1986 and now available as an ebook.Batsman of international renown, Captain of England, David Gower scaled heights other cricketers must envy. He successfully led one of the best balanced of recent English sides in a victorious tour of India in the winter of 1984/5 and returned home to win decisively the series against Australia in 1985 and regain the Ashes. There followed the more daunting task of taking on the mighty West Indies early in 1986.A Right Ambition is an honest, forthright, fascinating self-examination by a man at the height of his sporting and intellectual powers. He discusses the art of batting, comparing his techniques with that of masters like Bradman and Boycott, and provides a basic guide to every stroke in the repertoire for a cricketer anxious to improve his game. He writes with an insider's knowledge about some of the best bowlers in the world, such as Marshall Hadler, Abdul Qadir and Edmonds.There are fascinating insights into the ups and downs of captaining an international team: the exciting but often fraught tour of India 1984/5, defeat in the one-day matches in Australia and then victory against Australia in 1985. The book is marked for its understanding and respect of fellow sportsmen and for this great cricketer's deep love of the game itself.

David Gower's Half-Century The 50 Greatest Cricketers of All Time

David Gower's Half-Century The 50 Greatest Cricketers of All Time

Author: David Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Former England captain and impeccably stylish batsman David Gower, himself inducted into cricket's Hall of Fame, here takes a leap of faith and names his 50 greatest players of all time. Going back through the history of the game, he honours the finest run-getters, wicket-takers, glove men and captains he played with and against, as well as those he has been able to observe as a spectator or commentator, and legendary achievers from earlier eras. Full of first-hand recollections and anecdotes, this book is sure to delight - and occasionally infuriate - cricket enthusiasts everywhere. Who was the best of the great West Indian quicks? Have England heroes like Boycott, Pietersen and Flintoff made the cut? Who has been the greatest Australian batsman, post-Bradman? All is revealed in this lively and contentious celebration of cricket's true greats.

David Gower's 50 Greatest Cricketers of All Time

David Gower's 50 Greatest Cricketers of All Time

Author: David Gower Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2015

Former England captain and impeccably stylish batsman David Gower, himself inducted into cricket's Hall of Fame, here takes a leap of faith and names his 50 greatest players of all time. Going back through the history of the game, he honours the finest run-getters, wicket-takers, glove men and captains he played with and against, as well as those he has been able to observe as a spectator or commentator, and legendary achievers from earlier eras. Full of first-hand recollections and anecdotes, this book is sure to delight - and occasionally infuriate - cricket enthusiasts everywhere. Who was the best of the great West Indian quicks? Have England heroes like Boycott, Pietersen and Flintoff made the cut? Who has been the greatest Australian batsman, post-Bradman? All is revealed in this lively and contentious celebration of cricket's true greats.

Endangered Species

Endangered Species

Author: David Gower Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2013

As a cricketer, David Gower was famed for the elegance of his strokeplay as one of England's greatest batsmen and for his superb fielding. As a captain, he led his country to Ashes success, yet some queried his application because it all seemed to come to him so easily and effortlessly. But that was never the whole story: Gower was always committed and a great competitor, as this fascinating and frank book, looking back on his life and career, shows. Once he retired from the game, Gower built a new career for himself, first as team captain in the long-running TV comedy seriesThey Think It's All Over,and then as an astute and charming presenter and commentator with Sky Sports. After more than 30 years as one of the most popular figures in the game, Gower now reveals there is so much more to his story than the cliched image of 'Lord' Gower flying in his Tiger Moth. He is a man of great insight, determination and drive, but who also knows there is always more to be had from life.

Snakes

Snakes

Author: David Gower, Katherine Garrett, Peter Stafford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Whether loathed, feared, admired or worshipped, snakes evoke stronger human reactions than almost any other animal. Moving gracefully without limbs, swallowing meals often several times larger than their own heads, and with many having venomous bites, they never fail to fascinate. From garter snakes and vipers to boas and pythons, Snakes describes the biology and natural history of this ecologically important group of animals. Natural History Museum expert David Gower together with Katherine Garrett, have updated Peter Stafford's original text, highlighting the variety and complexity of this group that includes almost 3,000 living species. Information on habitat, conservation status, and unusual behaviour is also included. Stunningly illustrated throughout and with the use of examples from around the globe, this comprehensive introduction to the snakes of the world shows that they are an important group of animals that should be valued and admired rather than feared and hated.

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