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1.0 out of 5 stars Well, of course it's dreadful...but let's not blame Wayne, 4 Jan 2007
This review is from: Wayne Rooney: My Story So Far (Hardcover)
Although I'm not a Man United supporter, I was really looking forward to this. Hunter Davies is one of the best ghostwriters in the business and the publishers had lavished a reported five million quid advance on this book and four follow-ups over the course of Wayne's life. Rooney is still, despite the World Cup, considered by many to be the most talented player in the country and he's had his fair share of off-pitch controversy to boot. There surely had to be SOMETHING interesting to read in here, if only for fifteen minutes?

Well, no. Nothing at all. Save your money.

There are two problems: one is that an autobiography is inevitably always best when looking back on a long and interesting life...or at least career. Hunter's work with Paul Gascoigne is a case in point - painful but fascinating reading. I don't buy the fact that young people should never get involved with autobiographies...it's just much harder to make them interesting.

But that's not the main problem really and in the end it's not entirely Rooney's fault - it's out of his hands. The reason this book is so very bad is that, no doubt pandering to Rooney's totalitarian manager Alex Ferguson and satanic agent Paul Stretford, any attempt to express an opinion, say something fascinating or offer an insight has been totally washed away. Even all that business about being caught in a brothel barely gets a couple of hollow paragraphs, presumaby to spare Colleen further embarrassment. So there's just nothing of the slightest interest left.

There are only two remaining questions (aside from the obvious one about why anybody bought this at all): given that Everton manager David Moyes has issued legal proceedings against Rooney over comments made in the book, how come it's still so very dull? And what on earth are they going to put in the other four?
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2009 09:32:46 BDT
Book Beaver says:
Thanks for the insightful and honest review. Carragher's autobiography is an excellent and detailed book which comes from the heart unlike the Rooney one. Usually Hunter Davies writes superbly.
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