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Summary

The hilarious new book from one of Britain's best-loved national treasures!

This isn't a book of life lessons. It's not going to tell you make your bed, or stand-up straight or any of that. There's no blueprint to follow here. But, at 43 years of age, and with a bit more time on his hands than usual, Freddie Flintoff has had a moment to reflect, and he's noticed that although there's been little method in the madness, there has been the occasional common thread.

The Book of Fred is filled with anecdotes, observations and the odd opinion all told with Fred's trademark humour and no-nonsense style. Fred's approach to life draws on the sublime (his series-winning performance in the 2005 Ashes) and the ridiculous (singing Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' in front of a live audience), from highs (making the transition to top TV presenter) to occasional lows (accidently upsetting the lovely Bruce Forsyth), from the profane (discussing Shane Warne's barnet with Hollywood royalty) to the profound (why 'having a go' leads to self-respect).

Throughout, Fred shares his code for success, happiness and a life fully lived, gleaned from half a lifetime of hard yakka on the wicket, in the dressing room, behind the wheel, in the boxing ring and even treading the boards of a stage musical. And he gives his listeners a laugh, some joy and (the occasional) pause for thought along the way.

©2021 Andrew Flintoff (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

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Great listen

Would recommend this book to anyone true to freddie and his northern roots good in site into his life

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A cracking read from a top bloke

Thoroughly enjoyed this memoir from Freddie…written and read with the classic north west twang and view of life. Open, honest and endearing Freddie narrated well giving us insight to his life. It has changed my opinion of him completely Top gear showed the flaws he describes about himself and it all makes sense to explain that dark side. He’s a genuinely top lad and so grounded in life, definitely one of your own and someone I admire more. It’s never easy when you’re a down to earth local lad to deal with the spotlight but Freddie’s done a great job. 10/10 for sharing your journey lad.

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some really fun and interesting incites and tales

Most of it is excellent and interesting. He does repeat himself a lot. You notice this if you listen to it relatively quickly. He can also get a bit preachy but overall it is a good listen.

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Wha a bloke

Always been a huge admirer of Andrew and so glad the book didn’t spoil my opinion of the guy. Modest,troubled,honest down to earth no frills genuine northern bloke.

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So Fred - good listen

A good general life story for Fred but not massive on his cricket story - as a big cricket fan I missed hearing some of the stories. If you are big on cricket but like Fred from top gear antics then you will enjoy this.

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I love TV Freddie but the real Freddie whines a lot

I didn’t enjoy the book sadly, maybe its because he did a lot of moaning about what he could have been, what he could have done and moaned about work and a lifestyle some people can only dream of.

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Entertaining

His almost childlike innocence and honesty makes for a good listen. Naturally sunny with out trying! Down to earth stories that people can relate too.

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good insight into Fred's world

great audio book and covers topics from his point of view. Preston may be mentioned once or twice 😂

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Excellent and truthful

Especially liked that Freddie narrated the book himself. Open and honest account of his life. Sad the way he way he feels about himself as he’s clearly a great genuine and caring guy. I’ve always thought him funny and personable

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The Real Andrew Flintoff

A real eye opener to the real man behind Freddie, Very informative and he bears his soul.