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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First edition (11 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593061020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593061022
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Typically a product of honesty and dedication. The Kop dreams of a "team of Carraghers". Journalists wouldn't mind a game full of them" (Jonathan Northcroft The Sunday Times)

"Top man, top memoirs... At last, an autobiography of Premier League standard" (FourFourTwo)

"Startlingly forthright... his memoirs are a perfect gauge of his intelligence" (Paul Hayward Guardian)

"Carragher's memoirs are every bit as forthright and single-minded as you would expect" (Tony Barrett Liverpool Echo)

"This fine autobiography strengthens the belief that he is a football fan doing something he adores while enjoying the recognition of those he admires most" (Peter Sharkey Yorkshire Evening Post) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The no-holds-barred autobiography of Liverpool FC's best-loved player

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
It's interesting that I have chosen to read the autobiography of Jamie ( James is the name his family know him by ) just as his worth to Liverpool is being questioned by some Liverpool fans after their slightly shaky start to the season. Now if I didn't know it already from watching him play so consistently (well ...up to this point anyway ) I would have said that if anyone represented consummate professionalism and commitment to the cause of L.F.C. it was Jamie Carragher and that if anyone deserved the patience and support of the fans through a rare out of form spell it was JC again. Reading this book has further cemented that believe for not only is a genuinely fascinating, entertaining , honest and revealing autobiography it is also one of the more erudite .
Carragher , initially an Everton fan discusses his changing relationship with his boyhood club , a relationship that has deteriorated to such a degree ( he blames bitter Everton fans as much as anything ) he now values a win over them more than one over Manchester United. He discusses the impact ex-managers like Gerard Houllier ( who many will be surprised to hear he is invariably very complimentary about and includes a brilliant anecdote with reference to Paul Ince ) and Rafa Benitez have made on his career and the fact that playing for Liverpool meant more to him than playing for England which may be sacrilege to some .
Mostly though its the tone and structure of the book that mark it out as different from the standard footballers autobiography . There is none of the rote: then we went to such and such and won 2-1 with goals from Bing & Bong before beating so and so at home with Jay Jay scoring a brace.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr Jamie on 28 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great read. It paints a picture of the man off the field just as he appears on the field. It comes across as being totally honest, does not seem to shirk any sensitive issues and was a great read. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is a sports fan and anyone who wants to know more about the mindset of successful sports stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By db 54 on 22 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
Although a thorough professional who will seek to utilise the majority of legal and illegal tactics to effect an advantage to his beloved liverpool team, Jamie Carragher is generally considered a "honest" footballer, in comparison certainly to the glaring and disgusting divers and cheats ruining the game, such as Drogba and Ronaldo (the portugese one). Similarly so this is a seeming very honest account of one man`s rise to the peak of his profession.
Surprisingly articulate and erudite in his revelations, the book is mainly very interesting throughout. This stems largely from the fact that as well as divulging the glory days (only the premiership has eluded his personal horde of winner`s medals) he pulls few punches in his obvious disdain for certain team mates, other playing pros, and managers past and present. Whilst not outrightly condemning the managers he has played under at Anfield, he has little reservation in revealing what he considers to be flaws in their make up. Fewer punches are pulled when discussing those managers he served under whilst being available for national duty, as Jamie divulges the frustration and hurt he felt when being largely overlooked or played out of (his preferred) position for the England team.
Also of major interest is how he came to very much dislike both the Everton club and its supporters, after supporting and loving the blue noses right through until his late teens. A bit jarring was his too frequent references to the importance of close friends and family. Also a bit confusing is his self description as a player, - sometimes lauding how good a central defender he considers himself before retreating modestly to how inferior he compares himself to the likes of Ferdinand and Terry.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Hall on 8 Feb 2010
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There has been something of a rash of books from English footballers of late and as such, seeing one from Jamie Carragher did not excite as much attention as those from his more celebrated colleagues of club and country. But with 'Carra' we get a good insight into the man who could be defined as Mr Consistency who was for so long, an unsung hero. It is honest, well written and above all else a thoroughly good read.

Firstly I must start by saying that (unlike so many band wagon jumpers) that I have always been a big fan of Carragher as a player. Long before Istanbul elevated him to hero status I had his name on the back of my shirt and would argue with anyone who cared to debate how he should be in England's starting line-up whether at right back or centre back. However, once you leave the 0151 area, his fans seem to be thin on the ground, especially at international level and as such, his story is very interesting in that it has never been properly told like this.

The first thing that Carragher gets right with this book is he avoids the trap of a moaning 'rags to riches' tale. Yes, he grew up in Bootle, a deprived area to the North of Liverpool but he freely admits that while being firmly working class, he was never wanting as a child and had two parents who looked after him well. It would have been so easy to go on at length about the poverty around him but he sidesteps this to his credit and exemplifies the spirit of Bootle; salt of the earth good people, rich in character and spirit if not in the wallet.

The next thing he gets right is the layout of the book which avoids the mundane chronological path of telling his story through the years and focuses on specific topics of interest.
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