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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. And at the end he shocks us by opening up on his family and sharing some delightful pictures and affectionate comments that give you a true sense of what they mean to him.

So this is a very entertaining book and presents a lively view of a very special footballer. Rather than me summarising this with a trite comment about him being a legend, let me just repeat a quote from Zinedine Zidane that is on the back of the book - "You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get". `Nuff said.
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on 3 October 2011
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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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 3 February 2014
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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on 10 October 2011
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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on 8 October 2015
I am a massive man Utd fan so needless to say Paul Scholes is one of my favourite players. Unfortunately his autobiography is lacking behind accounts of his former teammates. The book takes the form of a series of photos from his life and career and he wil add some comments to those. There is nothing coming out of this book that I didnt know already as a fan. The best bits are the superlatives laid upon Scholes by some world class ex players and coaches. Any Man Utd fan should still read it but just don't get your hopes up that it will be as good as Gary Neville's!
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on 2 November 2011
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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on 31 December 2013
Though it was a used copy, I have not much complaints about how it was preserved. Then you have giner prince walking you through streams of pictures with his witty sarcasms and I loved it. Been a fan of his since I started following the game and this book is something I will treasure my lifetime
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on 6 January 2012
What a bargain!! I cannot fault this item, I ordered it for my husband for christmas and it arrived promptly and in perfect condition. He is great Man Utd fan and I knew that I could not go wrong with Paul Scholes. Amazon always make life easy!!
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on 14 December 2012
Scholes is a true legend full stop. This book is a good read great to hear what he thinks about his time at united & England however it's quite short & mostly full of pictures as a united fan I don't really care.
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on 18 November 2011
I loved this book, the way it is written you feel as if you are sat around a table with Paul and he is going through his photos, as he picks each one up he tells you a story about it. Brilliant
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