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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857206079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857206077
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the better soccer books of the year, from one of the most likeable players. Paul Scholes, a Manchester lad himself, was lauded recently by Xavi as the finest midfielder of his generation. Forget the annual, this hardback illustrated autobiography is the perfect gift for Manchester United fans' --John Spain, Irish Independent

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Paul Scholes has represented Manchester United over more than sixteen years making more than 600 appearances in that time. He represented the England national team from 1997 until his retirement in 2004, winning 66 caps which included two World Cup and two European Cup campaigns. In 2008 he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Sep 2011
Format: Hardcover
Okay, not great at tackling but Paul Scholes is one of the best midfielders England has had for some considerable time, with radar like vision and pin point passing blending with the perfect timing of the run towards the box. The legendary players paying him compliments on the rear of this book show how highly the best players in world football rate the quiet midfielder who let his football do the talking.

Given his reputation for keeping out of the headlines I was eagerly awaiting to see more of his character and views in "My Story" and the book surprised me. It's not the standard biography where he starts talking about his parents and up-bringing and then playing in various school teams until he gets a trial etc etc. Firstly it is packed with photos that Scholes uses as a conversation point as he goes through each of his playing seasons and secondly he mainly sticks to the footballing part of his life - after an introduction we see a few pictures of him as a toddler with a football, but then we launch into his time in the legendary United youth team. Sadly he was the last of that golden generation and his retirement put a full stop on a significant chapter in United's history (Giggs is still playing but was older and not part of the team that featured Scholes, Butt, Neville, Beckham etc).

It works rather well despite being slightly short on narrative (like the man himself), his mischievous sense of humour is very well described with some very funny examples in Fergie's introduction and with quotes from his team-mates that litter the book. It does feel like you are being allowed a peak into deep friendship, camaraderie and banter and the comments give you a real sense of the man and perfectly balance his own cheery narrative.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shaun286 on 3 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is not your typical sports autobiography with 5 chapters of early life followed by a detailed look at the subjects career, instead it takes the form of a semi-scrapbook, ignoring the early days and going straight into the football with every page adorned with photographs from Scholes' career accompanied by back-story and opinion from the player himself and others involved.

It's an interesting enough read but offers little of the behind the scenes opinion and insight that make autobiographies so interesting. As you might expect from Scholes, there's little controversy to be found here - with perhaps his only negative opinion being expressed towards Dennis Wise. Don't expect anything shocking then, but this book does offer a full insight into the high esteem in which Scholes was held by those who played with him and against him and is a fitting tribute to an outstanding career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Feb 2014
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This book goes from photo to photo with Scholes' commentary, which is a very good way of getting his view of things. There are a few private photos too, but most come from his playing. There are a lot of highlights in a career than many regard as one of the best, and his modesty off the pitch makes this chance to hear his voice all the more welcome. The photos vary in size, but they all capture good moments, recalled with humour. Another plus is the way he admits things that were not so good, and, conversely, never blows his own trumpet, leaving others to make all the comments in that direction. It's a great purchase for anyone who admires this most modest of football legends.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By pkelly on 10 Oct 2011
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Paul Scholes delighted me as a footballer and now he is doing so all over again in his first - and no doubt only - venture as an author.
Mercifully he has not subjected his fans to the orthodox player autobiography, a genre invariably replete with tiresome, self-serving tales. Instead he has treated us to a volume of intelligent, heartfelt reflections on his time in the game, lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photographs. All his greatest goals are here, and there's some lovely stuff about his family, too. It's just one fabulous book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cannell on 2 Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having always been a Paul Scholes fan, this one couldn't miss. Although it is one mainly for followers of Manchester United, it could sell to a wider market on the sheer quality of the photography. Paul is generous in his praise of his team mates, and also the players who have impressed him from his early days to his contempories. A very enjoyable book.
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By Mrs. C. Stepien on 2 July 2014
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Brilliant thank you
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Format: Paperback
A good autobiography which helps us see the man behind the career, remains intensely private even as he writes. Slightly different from the normal sports biography but worth a read.
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By Jango on 6 May 2014
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An interesting insight into a reserved footballer who does not seek the limelight. The book is a twist on the normal autobiography.
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