Oh dear. Offhand, I cannot think of a more gushing, sycophantic biography that I have ever read, The detail is a copy and paste of items that are very much in the public domain - there is no exclusivity.There is also the pantomime dynamic - David and Victoria are wonderful "goodies" - Sir Alex Ferguson is the glowering pantomime "baddie". We are also informed that Victoria has a "wonderful sense of humour". Indeed.
The attention to detail falters - both Liverpool and United fans would have a wry chuckle on the author's assertion that Steve Bruce was transferred from United to Liverpool. At one point comes the extraordinary claim that "David was now bigger than Manchester United" - the evidence of United winning six or seven major trophies in the 5 years' following his departure, including the Champions League, suggests very much the opposite.
I had never heard of Katherine Blackburn before. With a writing style and content that seemed aimed at young teenagers, I assumed she was some young airhead that occasionally wrote for a magazine. Turns out she writes for national tabloids and studied English at Cambridge. Having read this, I was reminded of the old 10cc song - "Art for art's sake - money for God's sake!"
Strong recommendation - do not waste your time
My strong recommendation is - don't waste your time.
I purchased this book purely of the strength of the cover which purported that the book would tell the inside story of why David Beckham parted company with Manchester United. Furthermore, the picture used on the cover was taken after the infamous changing room bust up with Sir Alex Ferguson and I took this as further evidence that the book would explain what actually happened and why. But this was not the case. The book made no reference to the incident, offered no explanation as to what took place nor does it tell us what was said. It was only upon reaching the last chapter of this biography that I realised, with growing frustration, that the cover was completely mis-leading. There is very little inside story contained in this book and it is little more than a friendly version of David's life story. Pleasant to read, interesting in parts for fans of David Beckham and his wife but absolutely not what it purports to be on the cover. At the end of the book the reader is no wiser as to what took place between the player and his manager, what was said or what was the cause of the altercation. Don't waste your money on this book if you are hoping to find out. The cover is The Great Betrayal. It is simply a marketing exercise and a cheap one at that.
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Crikey, how much does the author love the Beckhams !!! This book couldn't be more one-sided if it tried. Too full of guff and stomach churning compliments to give an objective view. The title is misleading, there is no inside story at all. Its like a lot of Beckham books, that is if you've read the papers for the past decade, you know all there is no know. Poor title, poor book and if I'm honest, I found it hard work finishing it and you should never say that about a book !
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