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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091957575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091957575
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (632 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stunning... the book all of football is talking about'" (Daily Mail)

"Redknapp's Opus. A top, top, terrific read" (Colin Murray Metro)

"Explosive" (Mail on Sunday)

"There isn't an English-born football fan who will buy his book and not enjoy it" (The Sunday Times)

"A cracking read… the go-to present for anyone with even a passing interest in football… I sat and read this from cover to cover in one long sitting. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, it’s perfectly paced." (Irish Mirror) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The autobiography of the greatest living English football manager of his generation

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Felt after i'd read this book that i hadn't had all the story.......warts n all although the chapter concerning West Hams treatment of the legend Bobby Moore was a great read but to be honest i found the book lacklustre in parts although very readable in parts it was never a book i didn't want to put down like some books i've read in the past, i'm a huge admirer of Harry Redknapp but his book never hit the literary spot!!
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This book chronicled the ups and downs of HR's life from the East End of
London to the comfort and security of his family at his beach side house
in Bournemouth. I found the narrative endearing in its honesty, to 'tell
it like it is' and to highlight one man's extraordinary love of football.

Harry is depicted as a simple man with limited interests, yet in hindsight,
he is extremely successful. He has a close knit family, a passion for his
vocation that extends way beyond the money. I can see why Harry is so popular
amongst so many associated to football. He is gregarious, loves an argument
and banter about football and yet upholds the need to respect and assist his
fellow man.

His anecdotes are endless and it is clear that he would have many more to tell
and people to talk about if space allowed, after many years in football.
He may not be the Football Associations old boys club favourite, but his
willingness to be frank and fair is rare today. He never claims to be wise and
street smart outside of football and comes across as down to earth and humble.

He admits to be being gullible. He was conned for years by a 'jockey'. He is
irresponsible with his medication, dependent on his wife, sentimental towards
his family and unpleasantly moody after football matches. He is also human for
a private temper tantrum, destroying plates of sandwiches (once) when his team
let themselves down.

There are times in the book when the reader could be forgiven for thinking that Harry
is using the book to put his side of the story as an antidote for criticism, back
stabbing, prejudice, media myths or plain nastiness against him.
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Read it in 3 days on Holiday !
Funny and a great read and sad about Bobby Moore what a waste of experience.
Great insight in to Football.
Get it you will love it
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Excellent book all about the life of Harry. This is what you want from an autobiography , a full career and plenty of tales to tell. Surprised never talked more about his family life, but suppose that's his private side. Some great stories from his wheeling and dealing days and talks with complete honesty
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Been meaning to read this for ages but had a niggling doubt that it would be s***e,but I started It a few nights ago and its actually very good one of those books that I look forward to reading as aposed to something thats a bit of a chore to finish
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I found this autobiography a fun and enjoyable read. If like me you have a bit of a soft spot for Harry you will enjoy this book immensely. In fact i would go so far as to say it does often feel like you are in conversation with him rather than reading his book.

The stories themselves are wonderfully told as Harry talks you through his playing career all the way up to his relegation with QPR at the end of the 2012/13 season. Honest and open i enjoyed these passages of the book a great deal and would strongly recommend them to all football fans.

As a man i know he can divide opinions especially amongst football fans but i would suggest even to the people that are not his biggest fan to maybe give the book a chance as he may change your mind.

Another Fun Trip Down Memory Lane
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The strength of this book is also, to a degree, it's weakness - too many words! It reads like Harry's chatting to you - and boy can Harry talk. Which means that he will often take nine or ten paragraphs to say what he could very easily have said in two or three. This started to grate after a while and did detract from my overall enjoyment of the book - hence the three star rating instead of four or five.

That said, you can't help but like the man, and he certainly knows and loves the game. It's good to finally hear his side of some of the stuff that's been (mis-)reported in the press about him - the depths to which some journalists will plummet to sell newspapers never ceases to amaze and disappoint me. Even the way he described the FA's shambolic handling of the England manager's appointment in this book was exaggerated and misrepresented almost beyond recognition by the papers - Harry is actually very complimentary about Roy Hodgson, if understandably still a little hurt (but not bitter) about how he himself was treated in the whole farcical process.

I don't think there are many football fans that wouldn't enjoy this book - Harry's a good guy and he loves the game.
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As you would expect from Harry, this is blunt, accurate, pulls no punches and has a nice touch of humour thrown in. He tells it how it is, from his early days as a winger for West Ham to managing QPR. From his disgust at the late great Bobby Moore's lack of recognition (how does Trevor Brooking get a knighthood but Bobby never did) to his dismissal from Spurs, it's a riveting read. Harry is an old school manager that wisely moved on with the times. You won't see too many more autobiographies from the likes of Harry, read it.
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