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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; Fourth Impression edition (28 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755311868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755311866
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 23.9 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Firm, clear and fascinating... There is no morbid sentimentality...about these passages, and their directness is reflected throughout the book with no concessions to the squeamish... His rugby life [is] quite a journey, but...millions will feel compelled to make the trip. (Brough Scott, Sunday Telegraph)

Very droll, dry, self-deprecating humour; Johnno is a very funny man...this is so crisp, tough. I think it's a good buy for Christmas. (Germaine Greer)

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The autobiography of England's World Cup-winning captain - one of the true greats of modern rugby, hugely admired by all fans of the game - including the full World Cup story

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gary R. Nightingale on 23 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
Typical Martin Johnson. This is the best autobiography I have read purely because of how frank Johnson is. It is refreshing to read honest opinions on everything from the state of the game of rugby, opposing teams, fans and referees as well as his own team mates. Johnson is not afraid to say what he wants about any subject. It is easy to see how he was picked as Lions captain in 97 and then England captain because of his strong work ethic and fearlessness on and off the pitch.
I found it hard to put this down as once you start reading it you want to follow his career from all the low points, ranging from leading a potential strike of the England team, his days as a junior Kiwi, stuggles at club level with injuries all the way to that amazing game in oz lifting the world cup. It is actually gripping stuff even for non rugby fans (my mum has now read it) which is a sign of true character as you can still get to know what makes this great leader tick without needing to know what the hell a rugby ball is. A rare quality and one definalty worth a read.
True Englishman in every sense of the word, Strong, Brave, brutely honest, polite, self confident and inspirational.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cashmore on 10 Dec. 2003
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Have read this autobiography prior to purchasing and it makes a fantastic read. Martin Johnson far surpasses any English rugby captain and deserves the title 'the best ever England rugby captain'. This book is a tribute to the success of Martin and is a must for avid England rugby fans, true fans will get a magnificent insight into this tower of strength who lead us to World Cup victory. You feel you are living with Martin as you progress through the book, the highs and lows and all the emotions that he went through! What an excellent autobiography!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. P. Preston on 8 Mar. 2005
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An absolutely brilliant book. As he did throughout his career, Johnson was never afraid to speak his mind and to give his opinion. He talks on a number of highly topical issues and gives a unique insight into some of the realities, which sometimes alot of fans forget, that face modern rugby players. You really feel that Johnson gave himself to this book and did not shirk honesty or detail at any point. An excellent read if you are a rugby fan, and even if you're not! 100% recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Si on 10 Sept. 2012
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To start with, let me be clear that I'm not a big rugby fan. However I had read Clive Woodward's autobiography "Winning!" and was fascinated to understand the player's viewpoint on a lot of things that went on during his time as England Coach, and who better than the captain that led his team on the pitch. I didn't expect Johnson's book to be a literary masterpiece or even on par with Woodward's, but I found the read enjoyable. Johnson comes across as generally a good guy, with a bit of a temper, plenty of determination. The book covers his life, his career, at least the playing side (it would be interesting to hear about his experiences as a coach), his views on things that happened, the wins, the losses, the controversies (of which there've been a few). If you're a rugby fan, you'll enjoy it more, but it's a good, easy read for the rest of us, and an insight into a leading sportsman of recent generations.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
The front cover of the book says it all really. This is the autobiography of the first English man to have lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy in victory. Like all Sports biographies, births marriages and deaths take about 5 pages in all, the same amount of space reserved for a single match report elsewhere in the book. However, Mr Johnson does provide an interesting insight into his career, including his time as a fledgling All Black and his views on the art of captaincy and Johnson's piercing humour permeates the entire work. If you enjoy rugby, you'll enjoy this book. If you don't enjoy rugby, chances are that, having read this book, you will. For World Cup fans, Johnson has provided an entire chapter on the tournament, written whilst still in Australia, but in all honesty this chapter won't tell you anything you didn't already know. It is a good read, and if you want to know how it feels to be the most successful captain of England ever, this is the only place you will learn.
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By BGB on 22 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for all fans of the true rugby. Union. This book gives a great account of Johno as a human being and not some egotistical superstar. At a time when rugby union was a farce of international proportions before they went professional. The transition from schoolboy to world cup winner is a fantastic story. I salute you sir, a great captain for England and a great read too.
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By Patrick Gregson on 12 Aug. 2013
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Great book if you are a rugby fan you can relate the the things that are in the book, and it is inspirational for young players so a real amazing book.
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Great read. Inspirational leader amongst men and so modest about it. Chapter about winning the world cup probably the best. Great read for rugby fans.
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