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I'm Not Really Here
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on 14 December 2012
being a manchester city fan, i was recommended to read this book, a fantastic look into the highs and lows of a true sporting legend, compulsive reading
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on 11 September 2014
Great read, some good football stories in parallel with personal adversity. Definitely up there with the best of football autobiographies. Great stuff.
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on 22 February 2013
A truly inspiring, brilliant read. If you love sport or not this is a really inspiring and heart warming book, even more so if you have bad knees.
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on 23 September 2012
Great read! Thoughtful and interesting, Lake comes across as a down to earth guy.. One of the best football autobiographies I've ever read
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on 9 August 2013
I was pleased with all aspects of this purchase: the product arrived promptly and was in excellent condition and met my expectations.
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on 14 October 2014
good reading so my brother tells me i always buy him a book to put with his xmas gifts ,and it has never failed to please him
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on 29 September 2013
Paul Lake was supposed to be the next big thing, but bad injuries and poor care from the football club spoiled a great career
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As an adopted City fan of 35 years standing, I watched Paul Lake's career develop from the early days and saw the truly awesome potential of this gifted young man, who seemed destined for glory with both club and country until the cruellest twist of fate (literally), coupled with ignorance and mismanagement of his condition left him unable to play the game he lived for.
The book is a refreshing and honest account of his fledgling career, laced with humour, relating the inevitable highs and lows of any footballer's life, but the description of his knee injury and subsequent (mis)treatment is truly heartbreaking.
He captures perfectly the frustration of not being able to play the game he loves, of not being able to make his body do what he wants it to, the apparent indifference of the club hierarchy to his plight, and his eventual descent into full-blown depression.
At the same time, there are inspiring moments as he begins to take his life back, eventually returning to the City fold in his current position as ambassador for the club, and it is a mark of the respect in which he is held that Alex Ferguson sent a full strength United team to support his testimonial.
A great read - I finished it in two sittings, and will definitely read it again.
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on 15 April 2013
Great story. Every up and coming footballer should read this. No matter which team you are supporting, this a must-read.
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on 6 March 2013
a really good read, even for non-football lovers - an inspirational story and spoken with frankness and easy to read
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