We All Live in a Perry Groves World Hardcover – 20 Oct 2006
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About the Author
PERRY GROVES was born in Bow, East London, in 1965 and made his first team debut for Colchester at 16. He signed for Arsenal in 1986 and spent six years at Highbury. His career was ended by injury at Southampton when he was just 28. He lives in East Anglia and works as a sports development manager. He has two teenage sons. JOHN MCSHANE worked as a reporter in Fleet Street covering the Middle East conflict, the troubles in Northern Ireland and civil war in Africa, before becoming associate editor at the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror. He is married with three children and has homes in London and Spain.
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Top Customer Reviews
As Gooners he was just not cool but we took to him because he was like a competition winner who got to live the dream. He was you and I.
Perry couldn't pass, dribble, tackle but he could just run, a true Forrest Gump of First Division football.
He won two major trophies, set up the winner in the 1987 Littlewoods Cup Final and played at Anfield as a sub.
We will tell our grandchildren about him, jokes will be cracked in 30 years time among Arsenal fans. He is a living cult figure. Buy the book, here is a happy and content man, not using his book as a vehicle to whine and whinge at a Club who gave him his dreams. Good on you Perry........... Ashley who ?
Perry dishes plenty of dirt, and has an enjoyable, self-deprecating sense of humour about his experiences. He's clearly a right scallywag, but he knows it, and he does express bittersweet feelings about his misdemeanours and his philanderings. It's done in a refreshingly light-hearted, frank style.
It's not easy to tell how much of the book was written by the 'co-author', and it's fascinating to think how much censorship (and self-censorship) went on. I'm sure his funniest stories were too incriminating to print.
The best thing about the book, for me, is the insight into life at Arsenal FC during the George Graham era. Childhood fans will love to remember some of those games we watched from the stands, and let Perry colour in some amusing details about the characters who played at the time; it doesn't seem quite so intangible after reading Mr. Groves' tales.
Tales of Mick Hartford and Steve Foster, that night at Anfield and the ginger sub's role in the most famous Arsenal goal of all time, pre-season "bonding" trips, "Peanut" Jimmy Carter not being able to hold his booze with disasterous effects for Perry's trouser legs, playing chicken on jet skis, the Tuesday club and Rodders before he took himself too seriously, the Merse and all.
Buy this book now. Cashley is being well and truley outsold, now on to Fat Frank.
Groves is the first to admit that he wasn't the most talented player to don a pair of football boots. And it is his refreshing honesty that makes for a good, page-turner of a book.
Unfortunately, Groves's honesty means that he doesn't always come across as a particularly likeable character. He speaks of purposely injuring a fellow player and admits that said player was never the same again, and he quietly seeks revenge on a diabetic man by "accidentally" spilling a cup of tea intended for the man after he collapses on the training pitch. He doesn't seem particularly regretful looking back on these incidents years later. Furthermore, his laddish sense of humour also serves as an irritant at times throughout the book.
But some of his stories are undeniably entertaining. He provides fascinating insights into legendary names like George Graham, Tony Adams and Paul Merson. He speaks at length about the drinking, the women and, yes, more drinking.
And despite some of the aforementioned unlikeable traits that are prevalent throughout the book, Groves partially redeems himself somewhat with a sentimental and thoroughly satisfactory ending to his story.
"I've always taken what I do very seriously ... But I've never taken myself too seriously."
Good read from start to finish with loads of short stories, easy enough to understand even for a geordie or a smoggie.
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Funny, interesting and insightful into those Arsenal players I grew up watchingPublished 8 months ago by Vicsta
Really phonebook no bulls***. You appreciate players like perfusion e their playing days are over and can sometimes forget the crucial goals scored. Read morePublished 14 months ago by mr r barber
For gooners out there this is a must buy book. Funny 😁 hilarious this boy deserved more starts a gooner through. And throughPublished 17 months ago by philip yarwood