- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (10 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444779575
- ISBN-13: 978-1444779578
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.5 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography Hardcover – 10 Oct 2013
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A powerful and gripping human story of the 2012 London Olympics hero
About the Author
MO FARAH was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1983. As a young child he spent time in Djibouti before moving to England at the age of eight. Mo initially struggled with the language barrier, but his PE teacher at Feltham Community College, Alan Watkinson, quickly spotted his potential as a runner and encouraged him to join Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club. After attending St Mary's Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre in Twickenham, Mo became a professional athlete. At the 2012 London Olympic Games he won gold in the 10,000m - Britain's first gold in this event. He followed this up with a stunning victory in the 5000m to become, in the words of Dave Moorcroft, 'the greatest male distance runner that Britain has ever seen.' Mo was appointed CBE in the Honours List in 2013. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Tania, and their three daughters Rhianna, Aisha and Amani.
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Every time I had seen Mo on TV racing or being interviewed he has always been smiling, polite and dignified. Even in the infamous post marathon interview where the presenter had no idea who he was. When I watched I though he showed his class by trying not to embarrass the lady. He does talk about the incident in the book, and once again show what a classy person he is. Having said that it was nice to see the more private side of Mo's personality the mischievous, daredevil, mick taker as well. I don't know if it is from being a twin but doubles and the number 2 seem to follow Mo around a lot in his championships. Being one of the few men to be double, double champion is evident of this.
The book starts off from young days in Somalia, and his introduction to running with his hilarious adventures trying to watch the ...Read more ›
I liked his appreciations and frankness on what the UK, as a country, offered to him -just like him I'm also originally from Somalia (around same age as him) so I can relate to myself a lot of things that Mo mentioned in the book-although I thought he could be accused of exaggerating few things here and there(generalizing certain aspects of his experiences to the entire community). Another limitation I found in the book is his indirect 'promotion' of Somaliland cause.Read more ›
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one can overcome some handicaps and do great things, of course, the MAJORITY of Children in the UK are not under-privileged as Mo was by the standards in UK leaving his Mother, Grandmother, Twin Brother, being dyslectic, not speaking the language, to come and settle here, I thought was really interesting, this journey in his life, more so than his achivements , I think that with knowing what he had done for sport in GB which he is admired for it was the leading up to this formidable runner that I admired him for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic and inspiring. Brilliance made in a book, many people will have the thought now anything can be achieved! !Published 1 month ago by Jane McKenzie
Nice read, flows well, especially if you'd followed his last few years but didn't know the childhood. A feel good autobiography.Published 1 month ago by MR P W ROBERTSON
His story from the wastelands of Somali to the Olympic Stadium in 2012 the golden boy of the British athletics strode on the British public is a good readPublished 5 months ago by Jambro