Fast bowler, six-hitter, popular hero, one of the lads, king of the jungle - Andrew Flintoff is all of those things. Second Innings, is his searingly honest yet uplifting autobiography, Flintoff reveals unseen, surprising sides to his career and personality. The restless need to push and challenge himself that led him to take up professional boxing. The complex and troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his exhilarating cricket career. The search for an authentic voice as a player, free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism. Is Flintoff the last of his kind, in any sport? Through all his highs and lows, triumphs and reversals, this book reveals a central tension. There is 'Fred' - performer, extrovert, centre of attention. Then there is 'Andrew' - reflective, withdrawn and uncertain. Two people contained in one extraordinary life. And sometimes, inevitably, keeping the two in balance proves too much. We are taken backstage, seeing the mischief and adventure that has defined Andrew Flintoff's story. Above all, we observe the enduring power of fun, friendship and loyalty - the pillars of Flintoff's career. At ease with his faults as well as his gifts, Andrew Flintoff has sought one thing, even more than success: to be himself. If you enjoyed Do You Know What?, you'll enjoy this memoir of Freddie's sporting career.
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In 1991 David Owen published Time to Declare, following it four years later with Balkan Odyssey. This edition distills the best from both books to provide a gripping autobiographical account. It covers his childhood and student years; his time as a young doctor and his election to Parliament; his appointment as a junior minister and then as the youngest ever Foreign Secretary; his audacious attempt to 'break the mould' of two-party politics with the formation of the SDP; and his tireless striving as European negotiator to bring peace to the former Yugoslavia. Revised and updated, this book reminds us that David Owen was one of the most compelling and controversial figures in twentieth century British politics and it is a fitting addition to the Politico's Great Statesmen Series.
A History is the story of Maldon, which is the second-oldest town in Essex, from pre-historic times until the present day. It has information on Bronze- and Iron-Age Maldon; Roman Maldon; Anglo-Saxon Maldon, including the Battle of Maldon; medieval Maldon, including the granting of the first charter of the borough in 1171 by King Henry II, its monastic institutions, Maldon the port, and its involvement in wars; Maldon at the time of the Reformation; its involvement in the civil war; its parliamentary representation; the town in the eighteenth and early centuries, including the building of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, the dissolution and subsequent reinstatement of the town’s charter, the Napoleonic wars, the building of the two railways to the town in the nineteenth century and their closure in the twentieth century, the rise of municipal institutions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Maldon’s police force, and abolition and subsuming into the Essex County Police force, industrial developments, including its iron foundries and salt works; Maldon during the two world wars, and the abolition of the borough in 1974. Both Heybridge, which subsequently became a part of the borough, and the hamlet of Beeleigh are also included.