“Ask any taxi driver what books they have read, and one of them will be a sporting biography and the other The Da Vinci Code,” so says someone on the BBC news just now. In it, the Beeb report on Andrew Flintoff’s and Michael Vaughan’s biographies, both of which are now topping the best-sellers in a lot of bookshops.
An interesting phenomenon, the sporting biography. I’ve yet to read either but plan to over Christmas. Basically, the report was saying that being a good sportsman is simply no longer enough: you’ve got to be marketable. So long as the players themselves can cope with the off-field attention, and the shiny people trying to make them a buck or 3, I’ve no problem with it – especially if it increases cricket’s revenue, and cricket’s reach to the public.