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David Gower was born in Kent in 1957, but spent much of his early childhood in East Africa. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and soon after joined Leicestershire. He made his England debut in 1978 and went on to win 117 Test caps, scoring a then-record 8231 runs, and captained the side on 32 occasions. He also played for Hampshire, and retired from the game in 1993. Subsequently, he has had a second highly successful career as a broadcaster, being one of the team captains of the long-running game show They Think It's All Over. Simon Wilde, who worked with David Gower on the writing of his memoirs, has been the cricket correspondent of the Sunday Times since 1998. He is the author of numerous books, three of which have been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize. 

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