Jonny Bairstow’s remarkable memoir A Clear Blue Sky is published today with The Daily Mail calling it “the sports books of the year” and an “inspiration to thousands.”
As a young boy of eight, Jonny was dealt a cruel blow. His father David ‘Bluey’ Bairstow, the combative and very popular wicketkeeper and captain of Yorkshire, took his own life at the age of forty-six.
David left behind Jonny, Jonny’s sister Becky and half-brother Andy, and his wife Janet, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer at the time of his death. From these incredibly tough circumstances, Jonny and his family strived to find an even keel and come to terms with the loss of their father and husband.
Jonny found his way through his dedication to sport. He was a gifted and natural athlete, with potential careers ahead of him in rugby and football, but he eventually chose cricket and came to build a career that echoed his father’s, eventually reaching the pinnacle of the sport and breaking the record for most Test runs in a year by a wicketkeeper.
Written with multiple-award-winning writer Duncan Hamilton, the book tells a moving and powerful story of triumph over adversity and a memoir with far-reaching lessons about determination and the will to overcome.
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