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Carra: My Autobiography [Hardcover]

Jamie Carragher
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11 Sep 2008
Jamie Carragher is one of the most charismatic footballers of his generation. Adored by the fans, he was recently voted the most popular player in the entire Liverpool squad. Yet the young Carra came to Liverpool as an Everton fan, from an Everton family and with Everton friends. Packed with great anecdotes, controversial opinions and large helpings of his trademark humour, this is his story... Born in January 1978 in Bootle, Merseyside, Carragher signed professional terms with Liverpool in 1996, having served a successful apprenticeship, won the FA Youth Cup and played for England Under-21s. He scored a goal in his first full league game for the senior team - pretty good for a defender and very unusual for him - and his versatility was to ensure a permanent place in the starting line up before long and he is now vice-captain. In fact he is so integral to the Liverpool squad, the Kop chants 'we all dream of a team of Carraghers' to the tune of 'Yellow Submarine'. Raw, funny and down-to-earth, his book is an antidote to the anodyne sports autobiography. It takes you behind the scenes of all of Liverpool and England's greatest triumphs and disasters in the company of a player who never fails to be intelligent, controversial or just downright hilarious.

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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: 3.8 x 15.8 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,328 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 20081012 Top man, top memoirs... At last, an autobiography of Premier League standard FourFourTwo 20081001 Startlingly forthright... his memoirs are a perfect gauge of his intelligence -- Paul Hayward Guardian 20090124 Carragher's memoirs are every bit as forthright and single-minded as you would expect -- Tony Barrett Liverpool Echo 20080906 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 20080920 --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Footballers Autobiography in years 28 Aug 2009
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Liverpool Legend 14 July 2014
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A tremendous insight into the life and career of one of Liverpool and England's greatest defenders.
A tremendous autobiography for the avid sports fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 10 July 2014
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Great read for any liverpool fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars legend 11 May 2014
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one of the best sporting autobiography's out there. A tale of a legend with the guts to say what he thinks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 3 Dec 2013
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Always liked Carra as a player and was pleased to see how open and honest his book was, not hiding his faults and containing honest opinions on some of his colleagues, opponents and how the England set up works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Carragher-A Great Liverpool Player 2 Sep 2013
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A great book that tells the the story of a Liverpool boy making it to the top in football,and becoming a Liverpool star player.
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