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Calling the Shots: My Autobiography

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I hadn't realised just what a good player she was and how many Tournaments she won; also her Broadcasting career was second to none covering all the major sporting events and some non-sporting, in a career lasting thirty years. I have always been a huge fan of A Question of Sport, and I was devastated when Sue was forced to leave. Her love of Tennis saw her commentate at Wimbledon for 30 years, having only retired Wimbledon duties this year, 2022.

I loved the honesty, the humour and the insight into the tennis life, the presenter life and the private life.

Not especially scandalous or introspective, it is a breezy stroll through her tennis career but heavier on the tv career probably.

A quite, honest, sincere women, great career, but also a larger and fuller television career, and one thing is for sure. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.Also pleased to find that as well as being a very nice person she is also gutsy and fully able to stick up for herself. If you are a tennis fan, and a Sue Barker fan, the lady herself reading her autobiography is an enjoyable listen. The BBC could have treated her better although I was not a fan of question of sport, they could have handled it better and now look at it!

I found her life story very interesting, I had never considered how different the WTA tour would be in the 70s but it was very interesting. Actually I have to get that comment right, Sue's two careers, a tennis career, and a television career. 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.I coached many teenager and adults for over twenty years, and played for many years for the island of Jersey, which I am proud to have done. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Her book has an appealing cover, an apt title, two sections of photos; always a plus for me, and an index.

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. I am not a big tennis fan and haven’t watched “Question of Sport” for decades but I really enjoyed Sue Barker’s biography. 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 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! Find out how a love for tennis and a determination to succeed made her soar not just in tennis but also on our tv screens. I have enjoyed watching Sue Barker present the Wimbledon fortnight and initially on Question of Sport. 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. Currently underway, the FIFA Women’s World Cup not only showcases some of the best footballing talent in the world, but also some of the best stories about overcoming hurdles and hardship to succeed.

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