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What Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography lacks in depth and accuracy, it makes up in colour


4 Dec 2013 | BY Akshay Sawai

As you would expect of this incorrigible romantic, beautiful women and sexual encounters played an essential role in his story. An extract from his autobiography


7 Dec 2011 | BY Dev Anand

Shoaib Akhtar’s autobiography is a bitter man’s rant against his more accomplished peers


2 Oct 2011 | BY Boria Majumdar

In her second book, Nalini Jameela shares her insights not only into the behaviour of men, but also the art of storytelling as honed by her professional skills


16 Jun 2011 | BY Shahina KK

The ghostwriter whooshes out of the cupboard to tell her side of the story.


11 Feb 2010 | BY Saaz Aggarwal

Agassi casts out the demons of his past by writing about his tryst with the sport that made him an icon.


6 Jan 2010 | BY Boria Majumdar

I’m currently reading Open, the autobiography of Andre Agassi. When you like a book, you tend to race through it. The eyes complain. They feel like the stomach does when you eat too fast.

My left eye is good. The right isn’t. If I close my left eye, I see a blur. My vision is like a plane with only one engine working.

So, after racing to page 150 of Agassi’s 385-page, thick-as-a-steak autobiography, I do the sensible thing. I close it. No Open for a few days. When I resume, I read only a few pages at a time. This is partly to conserve my sight engines, but I also want the book to last.

Agassi himself experienced this when he was reading The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer, a Pulitzer Prize winner. He liked it so much that he didn’t want the book to end. He liked it so much that he invited Moehringer to dinner at his home in Las Vegas. He liked it so much that he asked Moehringer if he would write his book. Moehringer said ‘yes’. The result is Open.

I have yet to finish the book, but have read enough to say it is one of the best sports autobiographies ever. Perhaps it is the finest tennis book ever.
Athletes normally use biographers as typists. Biographers do not have a say. They cannot ask uncomfortable questions. Controversial chapters of the athlete’s life are glossed over. So most biographies are dishonest or boring.

Those that are candid are the unauthorised biographies. But the author gets no cooperation from the athlete and, therefore, there is sometimes a credibility problem. Open is that rare book where the star was an admirer of the biographer, where he sought out the biographer. It is no surprise that the star was Agassi. Whatever his flaws, he had a sensitive side to him. His book was always going to be engaging.


19 Dec 2009 | BY Akshay Sawai

Multi-crore fake stamp paper scamster Abdul Karim Telgi is writing a tell-all autobiography


3 Sep 2009 | BY Anil Budur Lulla

Sister Jesme’s confessions outside a church


25 Jun 2009 | BY Elizabeth Kuruvilla
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