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Return to Book Page. Preview — Imran Khan by Christopher Sandford. On one thing, Imran Khan’s friends and enemies agree: In Novemberthe Cricketer International published an article about the new elite group of young talented players, “into concepts like fashion and pop music,” and bent on challenging cricket’s eternal stereotypes.

Of the five featured stars on the cover, a superbly hirsute year-old wearing a tight black shirt and gaudy trousers, with a facial expression of supreme self-confidence, stood out.

Imran Khan has always been a controversial figure, a man who gives rise to hot debate on account of his strong conviction and hard line views. From his achievements on the cricket field as the Pakistan captain who captured the World Cup and the game’s best all-rounder in history, through to his racy social life—the practicing Muslim boogieing on the dancefloor of Annabel’s; an “astonishing lovemaker,” according to one overnight partner; praised by Diana Princess of Wales, close friend to his then wife Jemima Goldsmith, as a “devoted husband”—the Imran story is full of color and contradictions.

Imran Khan by Christopher Sandford

Imran Khan himself and his ex-wife Jemima have agreed to be interviewed for the book and given Sandford sandfodd access to Imran’s inner sanctum. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Imran Khanplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 04, Sheokhanda rated it really liked it Shelves: I always have been fascinated by the world of Imran Khan. Therefore when I fell upon this book while browsing through a bookshop, I had to own it and read it, in the due process. It gave me an insight into chrostopher childhood days. His cousin whose word,Imran Khan trusted like anything.

Then his mother was not interested in sending him abroad, but he went there like his cousins. At first it took him time to adjust but then soon he became a “Rockstar”. In short a rage among young white British girls so I always have been fascinated by the world of Imran Khan. In short a rage among young white British girls something many in sub-continent still try to do. The fact that he was a slow bolwer in tour but he worked on his action and became lethal by Later as his pace went down in late s, his saandford improved.


Most importantly his dislike for the second wave Militant-feminist I really liked it there.

The book also gives an account where Imran Khan’s mother wanted him to get married to Benazir Bhutto Imran has refuted it though chrkstopher wonders what it would have been like. The biography give a good insight into the “rockstar” of South Asian cricketing society. II certainly enjoyed reading it. Mar 12, Aleeeeeza rated it did not like it Shelves: View all 9 comments.

Jul 24, Mayank rated it liked it. Imran Khan – Humanising Contradictions. Imran Khan comes as a different person to different people: He qualifies as a natural leader and probably the greatest all-rounder of his times. Chrkstopher than a sports biography, this well-researched book covers almost every aspect of life: Christopehr, the picture remains incomplete.

Though the book does not judge him, it tends to take pro-Imran stand, which is quite justified.

Imran Khan

It never explores the relationship he shares with the most important people in his life; be it his mother, Jemima Goldsmith, his children or his cousins. The victory in World Cup and his famous captaincy shuffle game with Javed Miandad are engaging reads, but could have been more elaborate. The transformation and his entry into Politics are not brought convincingly enough, though he sandforv loyal to his political stand.

His struggle to raise funds for the cancer hospital, his conflicting ideologies, first with Cricket boards, and later, with the State President are well documented. A relevant, good read but there is always this other side of Imran Khan which remains unexplored. Jan 16, Maham rated it it was amazing. Batsman was yet to understand when did the ball released from hand and when did it reached the stumps, all he realized was off the gloves, bat pressed in wet armpit and there was the pavilion.

Off you go… Better luck next time… Give my love to your sister… Shall I say cricket playboy? Born in Lahore and settled in Mianwali. Blood of a Pathan and rooting from Niazis and Burkis. Descendant of Pir Roshan and ex son-in-law of Goldsmiths. Alumni of Oxford and Chancellor of Bradford. Winner of World Cup and Builder of Hospital. The book is like an exclusive documentary or the making of a legend.

While reading the pages, you are sensing some footage playing in your clouds of imagination. Sandford put three years of his efforts to shape this book from to He also collected the cricketing sources from different cricket administrations, Cricinfo and county clubs.

The author also conducted his 3 most prominent interviews with Imran Khan in In these chapters, enter the central character and his family tree and relatives are penned in detail.

While his cricket-level moves with his education from Quaid-e-Azam Trophy to County cricket, political environment in the surrounding proceeds like East Pakistan partition to Bangladesh and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto regime.

Third chapter is his account on his university-level and county cricket, beginning of international cricket career and his life in England. And the chapters proceed on and on. The readers will exhume with excitement of enjoying reading his high-profile affairs with many ladies that prominently includes painter Emma Sergeant, fashion guru Susannah Constantine and former German VJ of MTV Europe Kristiane Backer. In all cricketing tours Imran participated, with obvious picking, it is the great West Indian team against whom Imran was always concerned.


Shaukat Khanum, from cancer. Any reader khqn me will find a wide range of descriptions of his relationship with Javed Miandad. From here, when more than half of book sanddford been read, the most critical writing pledges. Cricket fixtures continue to echo in all this. The book from all aspects is a complete Imran Khan book.

The first impression of reader surely comes as a sports biography but the title is enough to convince you that this is the ultimate book where Imran plays 3 different roles, not only as a cricketer but also as a celebrity and politician. The book is absolute frank of his good deeds and wrong-doings. This biography is an absolute and worth reading for all Immy-lovers. Reader will be moved while moving towards different irman of his life. Jul 07, Khushnuma rated it it was ok.

I didn’t enjoy it much. The book is more on his cricket field than his personal life. Dec 29, Ashish Vijay rated it liked it. Imran khan – Engaging in bits and pieces; not a perfect biography though. It kept longing me for more – the narrative was tad boring and it could have been made more interesting. Jun 01, Intikhab rated it liked it. Christopher Sandford hardly left any aspect of his subject’s life unattended. It is not a biography. It is more than that. Kham is a book about Pakistan, its politics, culture, and society.

It tells the story of Imran Khan: A nice book to read and enjoy Christopher Sandford hardly left any aspect of his subject’s life unattended.

A nice book to read and enjoy. Jul 02, Rahim rated it it was ok.

My review may not be a true reflection of the book as I read only a bit of it. Imran Khan, no doubt is a great person. Cricket is only one aspect of his diverse personality. I picked the book as I wanted to know more about him as a person and a leader. However, the book is almost completely revolving around his cricket career. I also found the writing style difficult. I hope people more interested in the cricket career of this great person will find this book useful.

Mar 28, Amad rated it liked it. An amazing biography on Pakistan’s most famous cricketer Imran Khan.