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Will: The Autobiography of Will Greenwood

Will: The Autobiography of Will Greenwood [Kindle Edition]

Will Greenwood
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"The insider's view from the heart of the struggle on the pitch" (Daily Mail)

"One of the most engaging and self-effacing players on the rugby circuit" (Irish Times)

"Droll anecdotes from England's centre of excellence" (Guardian)

Book Description

The honest, moving and funny autobiography of the most outspoken member of the English rugby team and international sporting hero.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099476487
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (3 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
As a sport-mad person, I read a lot of autobiographies, including Gazza, Matt Dawson, John McEnroe, Jonny Wilkinson, amongst others, and I've enjoyed them all, but Will is a step above the rest. He portrays himself as a regular person who in many ways has been exceptionally lucky, but in others has been very unlucky. He proves himself to be a very witty writer and a very good story-teller. Ok everyone knows how we won the world cup thanks to Jonny, but no-one had experienced the highs and lows of life during the tournament more than Will Greenwood, he had made a round the world trip to see his sick pregnant wife after scoring the winning try against the South-Africans. He gives a personal and thourough account of what he was going through. The book can make you cry in places, but it makes you laugh in more. A brilliant account of the world cup and how much effort and commitment is needed to achieve the triumph. YWhen you've read the book and it ends with the world cup win (sorry if I spoilt the end!!) and the birth of his son, you just get the overwhelming feeling that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will: The Autobiography of Will Greenwood 27 Oct 2004
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A truly wonderful book that had my full attention from start to finish, It brought tears of sadness to my eyes reading about the few minutes of young Freddy Greenwoods' life, but these were eventually replaced with tears of happiness with the birth of little Archie. A wonderful read for anyone who likes the guy, written quite frankly and with admiration for his family, his friends and his love for the sport.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 200+ Pages and Not One "Crikey" 22 Nov 2004
Will Greenwood is one of my favorite rugby players so I had to read this book even if I'd rather sports stars write once their careers are complete. Fair play to Will though--he and whatever ghost writer he used have done a good job writing a sports autobiography. Stories about pet turtles and the nice BMX bike they had at age 13 are left out to concentrate on rugby. Though Will mentions his parents and siblings, it's only the bare minimum. He knows you want to read about the rugby so it's the rugby he gives you. Greenwood concentrates most on the 1997 Lions Tour and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He also writes about the tragic premature birth and death of his son Freddie, a very moving passage that had more than a few tears well up in my eye. Since we are STILL awaiting some kind of fly-on-the-wall documentary about the 2003 World Cup triumph, Greenwood's account about the aftermath of the win is very welcome. I certainly enjoyed his telling of the bus encounter with Wallaby supporters as they left Telstra Stadium. My only disappointment, was that after having watched the England's Story DVD, where Will set a world record in the use of the world "crikey," there's not one use of it in this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read this Book! 2 April 2006
Without a doubt one of the best autobiographies i have read, couldn't put it down!The book works because its open and honest,and i just didnt realise how funny Will Greenwood is!Its written in a laid back style, which means you don't have to concentrate too hard when your reading it, its almost like he's telling the story to a mate. I also thought it was good because it shows the highs and lows of being a professional rugby player, and it also gave me a new incite as to just how prepared the England team were for the World cup. The whole book just flowed and I was disappointed when it finished!great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Hilarious, everything 27 Dec 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Easily one of the best autobiographies i have read hands down. At times hilarious and at times desperatley sad. his account of his son Freddie's death always gets me down and nealry gets me crying(i'm a guy). his view on rugby on and off the pitch is fantastic and his stories on Austin Healey are some of the funniest you could find. Also when Lewis Moody(Mongo) told on of the most important people in Australia to f**k off, i almost fell out of my chair. what a book and what a guy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Will.but not as good as Austin's! 11 Jun 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having always taken autobiographies on holiday, I recently read Will's book and Austin Healey on the same trip. Two graet servants of Leicester Tigers. (I'm a Quins Fan)
A compilation of memories and moving events (in Will's case)during careers that ran parallel.
I thought Will getting through the World Cup with events happening back home was nothing less than astonishing on his part. Well worth a read with an insight into the world of Union and the last knockings of the Amateur game. Will Greenwood was a major factor in England winning the World Cup in my opinion..........but sorry Will; Austin's was the slightly better book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book now! 8 Mar 2005
Having read many sports autobiographies and biographies, this is out amongst the best,A very funny,sad and personal account of his rugby and personal life, i loved the little secrets and anecdotes, and descriptions of the players and the world of rugby, martin johnson may have been the captain, but I dont think the squad would have been as succesful without the likes of will and his personality.
Buy the book, you will laugh and cry, great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, moving and captivating 17 Aug 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Will Greenwood has always been one of the more personable rugby players, and that is really brought to the fore in this fine autobiography.
Very few books have ever captivated me like this one, a fine mix of life stories, rugby tales and off the field antics keep the book interesting from start to finish. Many smiles, a few laughs and the odd tear, this book really is a brilliant read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars an easy read
The best of the rugby autobiographies I have read, a well told story from players point of view and an honest view of events and rivalries.
Published 1 month ago by JAMES HENRY TELFORD
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Very good read exceptionally well written and really touches all the emotions. Learn a lot about being a professional sports person
Published 20 months ago by Andy k
5.0 out of 5 stars Will - a review
As expected with Mr Greenwood - a suitably candid telling of life as an up and coming and then fully professional international rugby player. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ian Talbot
5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt, one of the best sports autobiographies you will ever...
Will Greenwood always seems a most likeable guy when you see him on television, and so it's no surprise to find he writes such an enjoyable memoir of his life and playing career. Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
Autobiographies of great rugby players inevitably tend to follow a similar pattern and, to some extent that is what the reader expects; he wants to know what actually happened,... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by J. A. Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent read very witty in parts sad in others
recommend any one interested in rugby to buy
Published on 19 Dec 2009 by G. F. Hings
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read - But Austin takes the title for a better autobiography
Will Greenwood is a living hero and this book was a cracker of a read.
Highly recommended for Rugby fans.
Published on 8 May 2009 by Simon
3.0 out of 5 stars where there's a Will there's a way
Interesting autobiography, well written and will appeal to rugby enthusiastic and lovers of biographies. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2009 by Mr. Mark Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars **Read For Fun**
Will has saved us going over the stats of games which is good if like me you have read quite a few rugby books already. Read more
Published on 12 May 2005 by "rakwill"
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