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You don't have to like football, but you must read this book,
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This review is from: I'm Not Really Here (Kindle Edition)
I was recommended I'm Not Really Here by a friend who said that I'd find it interesting but I must confess that I was a bit sceptical. Yes, I'm a huge football fan and that was partly why I was recommended the book, but I'm not a City fan and let's be honest 99% of football autobiographies tend to be egotistical, ghost-written, quickly forgotten rubbish - so I thought I'd give it a try but didn't hold my breath.
The second reason I guess I was recommended this book is because I am bipolar and as such I am prone to sinking into some very dark, lonely and quite frankly horrible moods.
Paul Lake was a gifted footballer and it would seem he is also a gifted story teller. So gifted in fact that I spent a while trawling through Google trying to find out who helped ghost this, but I couldn't find a thing. It is the genuine article. Put the football aside if you have to and just read the story of how a fellow human being copes when all his hopes, dreams and ambitions are snatched away in the blink of an eye. A lifetime of being told you're destined for great things, and deep down knowing that you have a special talent that can take you there, and then boom! What would you do? This is the story of how Paul Lake stubbornly fought for his dreams to the point where only he failed to see the obvious, and then when he finally succumbed how he struggled through deep depression to resurrect and fill a life drained empty.
If you can overcome some of the football speak (nearly everyone is referred to with a name ending in ey or o - even the author, in his inner monologues, calls himself Lakey)this is a well written, honest page turner of a story that can't fail but to suck you in. I have my own demons to battle and it's people like Paul Lake that let me know that no matter how bad it gets there's always hope and for that I thank him.