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Vinnie: The Autobiography [Paperback]

Vinnie Jones
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23 Sep 1999
A back-street boy from a broken home, a hod-carrier who became captain of Wales, a loving husband who has experienced much lonliness and many more tears, the countryman who became a huge film star, Vinne Jones has never been a one-dimensional character. At last the chance has come for him to tell his story and hit back at his critics. A player like no other, Vinnie's autobiography is like the man himself: open, honest and without fear.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747259143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747259145
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ever since Vinnie Jones was pictured squeezing a sensitive handful of Paul Gascoigne in 1987, he has been marked down as one of the hard men of British Football. But the story of how Jones progressed from a hod carrier on a building site to an FA Cup winner and captain of Wales is about more than his willingness to rush in where angels fear to tread. This honest biography covers a troubled upbringing and home life--his anguish at the failure of his parents' marriage and the trials of his own marriage--as well as his exploits on the pitch. From the Gazza incident--"I just moved my left arm backwards and grabbed"--to his seemingly never-ending urge to get involved over and above the call of duty: "I've always identified with the characters like Ian Wright much more than with people like Glenn Hoddle", this is Vinnie in the raw. Jones has now built a career off the pitch, not least as an actor, but whatever the future holds for him, that picture of him and Mr Gascoigne will permanently ensure him a mention, honourable or otherwise, in the story of football. --Nick Wroe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'One of the best things that has happened over the past year is Vinnie's autobiography' (Daily Telegraph )

'Beneath all the brutality there is a love story to rival any in classic literature' (Ian Wooldridge )

'Jones talks as he plays, with a forthright intensity that is never less than shudderingly honest' (Daily Mail )

'Genuinely chilling' (Independent )

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jones is the man 17 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Everyone remembers Vinnie Jones as the lad squezing Gazza's gibblets, however his autobiography shines a light on the tough past of one of England's brightest stars. Taking account his humble origins and traveling just prior to the filming of "Mean Machine," Vinnie: My Life is an insightful read that contains all of Vinnie's humor and emotion. Besides being a striking book, Vinnie's ability to narrate his life is remarkably brilliant. A very fluid read from beginning to end, I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! 21 Jan 2003
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This book is so good for so many reason. Funny, true, moving and "its been emotional". It describes Jones' childhood through his painful eyes up to the point where he starts his film career. It is very honest about a lot of things and it made me respect Jones as a person and as a player. If you dont like football you should consider reading it as Jones has to overcome a lot of hurdles in his life and he was still portrayed as a monster by the media, which is unjust, he is just a man trying to make the most of a life that was a bit cruel. He's a sensitive man as well which may suprise a lot of people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
The more I read this book, the more tears comes out of my eyes. The author describes his childhood and professional career in a vividly, emotional,triumphing detail. He demystifies the exaggerated image that the media has put upon him when he was a professional soccer player. He's only human. If others were in his predicament, they would have the same reaction. It's an entertainingly humorous book to read. I pick up this book and don't want to put it down. I have not finish reading this book and already I can't wait for his next book...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy 4 Dec 1999
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Format:Hardcover
As he says himself he is no intellectual and there are plenty of lads' anecdotes but no deep insights. I also suspect he glosses over some of his worst misdeeds. However, an insider's view of football, especially a unique character like Jones, always has some interest. Jones comes over as being more sensitive than I expected. He's also honest and this wins the day as it places the book slightly above the ordinary cash-in football bios.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 16 April 2008
Format:Paperback
This is one if not the best autobiographies that I have ever read! The emotions running through it are amazing. What you saw on the football pitch is only a fraction of what the man really is! He really opens his whole sole for everyone to see. If you only ever read one autobiography make it this one it really is amazing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars From rags to riches. 7 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
From a broken home right through to Hollywood,this book offers a great insight into what the boy Jones is all about.

Jones pulls no punches and tells it as it is and you can really feel the pain he suffered from his parents divorce,his determination to succeed in whatever he set out to do,the elation of winning the F.A Cup in 1988,so well written it felt like you were there with him,his upset at his constant bad press finishing with him swapping the football pitch for the big screen.

Jones has always tried to keep his feet on the floor and still keeps in touch with all his mates from Bedmond,although he does like to remind you of how well he has done,how much he has earned and how many famous friends he has.

All in all,a very good read about a tough nut with a soft centre,someone that if you were in the trenches,you would want right alongside you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 5 Nov 2005
By georgie
Format:Paperback
this book is amazing! i could not put it down! vinnie has had an amazing life! get this book now!!!!
Georgie 13
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jones is the man 17 Dec 2002
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Format:Paperback
Everyone remembers Vinnie Jones as the lad squezing Gazza's gibblets, however his autobiography shines a light on the tough past of one of England's brightest stars. Taking account his humble origins and traveling just prior to the filming of "Mean Machine," Vinnie: My Life is an insightful read that contains all of Vinnie's humor and emotion. Besides being a striking book, Vinnie's ability to narrate his life is remarkably brilliant. A very fluid read from beginning to end, I highly recommend this book.
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