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Finding My Feet - My Autobiography: My Biography Hardcover – 15 Nov 2007
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What elevates this book above the usual pulp of players' lives is Robinson's candour... the book has been a cathartic exercise in facing his demons. (The Times 20030927)
A remarkable autobiography, the best of its kind since Lance Armstrong's 'It's Not About the Bike'. (The Guardian 20030927)
One of the most extraordinary stories involving a modern-day sportsman. (Daily Telegraph 20030927)
About the Author
Jason Robinson was born in 1974 in Leeds. He is married and has four children.
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Although the high proportion of cliches makes some parts read like a GCSE essay, this only points to the genuineness of Jason Robinson's amazing tale. I'm not a fanatical fan, but this 'rags to riches' triumph has a general appeal and can only be essential reading for rugby enthusiasts.
His ability has never been in question but he questioned his motivation and changed his life.
It's a salutary read and he is quite humble.
Recommend it, especially the chapters about the World Cup.
That said, Finding My Feet is actually more about Jason's struggles to overcome issues from his childhood and bouts of drinking when he found success as a rugby league star.
Supporters hoping to glean important nuggets about various league or union matches will probably be disappointed as Jason and his ghost writer tend to steer from controversy. The closest one gets to that is the problems that befell Wigan in the late 90s. The troubled 2001 Lions tour is recounted through Jason's diary notes, meaning that Jason only briefly comments about Graham Henry's demanding training regimen.
Jason's signature moment thus far--his switch of rugby codes--is suprisingly not delved into with too much detail. The book presents this switch as something not all that unexpected.
If you take the sport out of the story, the book is an inspirational tale of one man putting his demons aside to embrace religion and family life. Surely Jason will have been happy with the message that this conveys. However, I for one am hoping he will write a second book when his playing days are finished and when he need not spare anyone else's blushes.
Not only a great man but also a great player.
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