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Jonny: My Autobiography
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2011
3 nights into book and 250 pages read.

This is undoubtedly the best autobiography I have read.

From an outsider looking in it seems that Mr Wilkinson gave a lot of time and thought to it. This makes a pleasant change to books where it is clear the subject was not that interested in the process and end result.

The media have always suggested that he was a perfectionist but prior to reading this book I was not fully appreciative of what `perfectionist' meant.

His relationship with his brother is fascinating and as a father of 4 I would be delighted if my children are as close as Jonny and Sparks.

Haydn Hertz
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2011
One of the finest rugby biographies - honest, frank and full of interesting insights. The more I read thegreater my respect for Jonny became. I was interested to see how vulnerable Jonny was and how much he benefited from the guiding support and deep empathy of family and quality coaches. Jonny is a perfectionist and reading the account is akin to someone diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. Obsessive compulsion(often directed via kicking practice), a desire to make everything right and to take personal blame for things out of control, a strong desire to follow the rules and great stress when others break these, extreme agitation if seemingly minor things go wrong etc. In many ways the biography tells how with the right handling and support of family real potential can be realised. But coaches of young kids beware -there are so many instances where Jonny could have easily failed or people could have given up on him. In many ways it is inspiring to know that someone who has achieved so much in their career was plagued by the kind of self doubt and concerns as the rest of us mortals - but psychologically even worse as Jonny is his own extreme task master and as hard on himself as anyone could be. Very disciplined. Amazing. Great to hear of guys like Neil Back and Mike Catt who generously helped the young Jonny when he was first starting out for the England team.The difference is Jonny kept going, aiming for perfection and achieving his dreams. Basically never give up. After reading this I can not see how anyone dare question Jonny's pride in his country and commitment to professionalism in the recent World Cup. This guy is a real hero and a superb role model for all of us interested in rugby. One day I hope he lends his skills to coaching and management of the England team.Top biography!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2011
Jonny has once again surpised us with this brutally honest but totally absorbing autobiography.
JW is not just a great and unique sportman who stands out head and shoulder above all rugby players.
Jonny is also a fascinating complex intelligent sensitive human being who is on his own personal quest to enlightement, always learning and searching for the truth.
This is a great book from an truly exceptional young man. Thanks Jonny!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2011
It has been apparent for many years that Jonny Wilkinson is not just an 'ordinary' sportsman; this book is further compelling proof. Committed, if not driven, beyond the comprehension of most of us, Jonny has always been a bit of an enigma. The national hero of 2003, he unfortunately saw the other side of the fame coin through countless injury setbacks but always kept his own counsel and dignity, refusing to flaunt his fame in the outer reaches of the 'celebrity' goldfish bowl.

Like the man this book doesn't disappoint. Open with the truth and hard hitting it gives a unique opportunity to view in close-up a unique hero of English sport. Should be required reading for all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2012
Whilst not full of typical "rugger" anecdotes this is a much more interesting account of the life of a rugby perfectionist. Painfully honest throughout it really feels like Jonny has bared his soul and told his life story from within the body and mind of someone for whom anything less than total dedication is unacceptable.

Covering the rise and fall of English rugby I would thoroughly recommend this book to rugby and sports fans of any nationality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2012
This book is one of the best i've read.
I had no idea of the mental torment that Jonny went through. From a fans perspective, he appeared to be cool and calm, but this book reveals quite the opposite.
He is completely the opposite of the stereotypical rugby player.
Teetotal, an unhealthy level of obsession which is quite alarming, a control freak from the perspective of his own professional habits, a period of picking up injures that would finish most pros, an incredible work ethic for his team. Not your normal rugby player.
I enjoyed his perspectives on his England coaches. Especially about Brian Ashton. Quite funny.
Just an excellent read.
Compare his outlooks and goals with a Premier League footballer. He avoids the public glare. Avoids Hello magazine type deals. Very high morality levels.
This and Brian Moore's are the best rugby autobiographies i've read.
Totally recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2012
Brutally honest and intensely self-critical, this is an outstanding autobiography of one of the best rugby players of any era, and one of the most dedicated and professional sportsmen ever. Like everything else he does, Jonny pulls no punches in writing this book, although the only person he ever critiscises is himself. Thoroughly receommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2012
This is a quite wonderful book, Jonny is searingly honest throughout and whilst his intensity was no secret, the fears and demons that drove him go much deeper than anyone could have guessed. I think it's fair to say, that Jonny was deeply unhappy for a large part of his career which is so sad.

Buy this book - you won't be able to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2012
In this book Johnny is brutally honest about his life from a young rugby player up until his current status. He holds nothing back when describing his emotional state at times, it feels as though he has gotten a lot off his chest writing this. Must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2014
Quite possibly one of my favourite rugby players of all time, which I hope is praise indeed coming from a Welshman!

Lays bare his character, flaws and all and it does feel as though he has had a significant involvement in the writing of his book, unlike other autobiographies.

A very complex character, it is interesting to read of his battles with his own inner need for perfection. It would be interesting to see the next part of this following his move to RC Toulon and subsequent retirement where he appeared to become much more comfortable in his own skin.

Must read for any rugby follower.
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