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Calling the Shots: My Autobiography

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At times it lacked some depth but I respect that choice by her to maintain privacy and I don’t think an autobiography needs necessarily to be a soul bearing exercise. Going all in for her once-only autobiography, Sue takes us inside the showbizzy world of '70s and early '80s tennis, dating the stars, hitting the headlines. What you do get reading this book is the warmth of a tennis player and television celebrity who is close to her family and made lots of true friends throughout her life, many of who are household names. I would like to thank both Netgalley and Penguin Random House for supplying a copy of this biography in exchange for an honest review. I loved the stories of her time on the circuit which seems magical now and made me nostalgic for those heady days when you knew all the players especially in the women’s game!

For anyone who is a fan of tennis star Sue or just loved her on a question of sport this is the book for you.The sign of a good autobiography is when you actually get an insight into the real person, not just a repeat of the well known facts.

Luckily she won the junior championship there, but she hid herself away the night before because she had no money to pay for a room in the hotel. It is then that her second career started and she became a sports commentator, not only for tennis but other sports too: Royal Ascot, Olympics, London Marathon, Commonwealth Games, World Athletics Championships, Winter Olympics Championships, BBC Sports Personality of the year and many more. She reveals the battles she fought for hard-won success in two careers and gives us a ringside seat on the nation's biggest sporting dramas, and a fascinating insider's understanding of competitors under pressure, such a shame injuries plagued her last few years.I admire very much Lance the husband, a former policeman, who very gracefully steps aside as stays out of the limelight, keeps his and Sue's business's running to leave Sue have a great career. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. This is a very cosy but enjoyable read, there are no startling revelations, gossip or anything that will cause bad feelings.

Overall a good read about a sporting journey and what happens next in terms of career after that finishes. If you are a tennis fan, and a Sue Barker fan, the lady herself reading her autobiography is an enjoyable listen. Actually I have to get that comment right, Sue's two careers, a tennis career, and a television career.And that’s not a story unique to women’s football; from motorsport to gymnastics via tennis and more, there are women who have faced societal prejudices and personal and professional challenges to become the best at what they do. She reveals the battles she fought for hard-won success in two careers and gives us a ringside seat on the nation's biggest sporting dramas and a fascinating insider's understanding of competitors under pressure.

She gives a detailed glimpse into her two careers as a top tennis player and exceptional broadcaster. I found the journey to becoming a tennis star really interesting and it is forgotten with her broadcast career what an amazing player she was.Sue Barker never managed to get to the dizzy heights of the before mentioned superstars but she was very competitive, won a grand slam and then went on to have a career in the media. Not especially scandalous or introspective, it is a breezy stroll through her tennis career but heavier on the tv career probably. But I was intrigued to read about her being drawn into sports commentary and anchoring at great sporting events beyond tennis.

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