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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (16 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817331
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The autobiography of a footballing hero.

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Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team. Here, for the first time, he tells the story of his lifelong obsession with football, in an honest and revealing book which captures the extraordinary camaraderie, the teeth-grinding tension and the high-octane thrills of the modern game as never before.

A relatively private figure, Steven has rarely spoken out in public. Now, his legions of fans are allowed an intimate glimpse of what makes their hero tick. He describes for the first time the torturous will-he-won't-he Chelsea rumours - and his undying passion for Liverpool. We experience first-hand the highs of winning in Istanbul and elsewhere, as well as the lows of being parted from his much-loved family and friends. And, of course, the book contains a full blow-by-blow account of England's World Cup campaign in Germany 2006 and Liverpool's 2006-07 season.

Steven Gerrard's book is the definitive football autobiography. Like its subject, it's honest, passionate and exhilarating. If Steven Gerrard isn't your hero yet, by the time you've read this he will be...

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Format: Hardcover
I'd been eager to read Stevie G's story for some time so when this book was finally released I nipped out and got it and couldn't put it down. Compared to other autobiographies from footballers of recent times it's far more revealing & honest and that's what makes it such a good read.

Gerrard really doesn't hold back on his opinions, whether it be a player or manager who'd upset him or people in the England Youth Set-up. Whilst this is mainly a good thing it's also one of the few things that slightly lets him down as you soon learn that if you've ever come across him & doubted him in any shape or form then there's a good chance he'll think badly of you. At times this smacks of arrogance but at least it reveals Gerrard's true personality unlike many other books whereby the writer just aims to paint themsleves as perfect citizens.

The only other negative with the book is that the amount of very strong language used throughout will prevent thousands of his younger fans from reading about their idol. It's actually part of what makes the book so refreshing as you can imagine him saying every single line of the book as opposed to being assisted by a journalist but at times it does get quite colouful - be warned !!!

Any Liverpool fan should definitely pick this up as his account of the events of the Champions League success & FA Cup victory over West Ham are simply brilliant to read. Also nice to know that even modern-day footballers sneak the odd beer or two into their diets !!!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. It beats every other footie book you've ever read by miles. You really get inside Stevie's head and understand what it feels like to play for a team you love, both Liverpool and England. He doesn't pull any punches either - I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of him!

A fantastic read from start to finish!
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Format: Hardcover
This is an honest and touching insight into the achievements and personal development of young Stevie G. It's definitely a cut above the average autobiography of a footballer, how he nearly never played football ever again, the impact of his 10 year old cousin dying at Hillsborough, the disappointment of not being selected for the Lillieshall School of Excellence, where he discloses how he learned to play alongside his heroes while still being a scally teenager, revealing inside perspectives on the managers Houllier and Benitez in particular, the pressures and exaggerations of the press, joining the England squad as a teenager, the realisation that the individuals players at MUFC were OK despite the club being the long-standing enemy, the sadness of Michael Owen going to Real Madrid after playing with him since they were 9, the inspiration from and identity with the fans in the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, the torture of whether to leave Liverpool for a record breaking transfer fee, the break-up of his parent's marriage and the last gasp effort when suffering painful cramp to score the equaliser in the Cup Final.

Yet despite all this success and his financially secure future, he's still very much in touch with his roots and given half a chance, he'd back at Ironside playing with the boys and acting out the great games and goals - only now he has no need to pretend he's someone else.

I read this book over two days and loved it. Henry Winter and Paul Joyce deserve praise for how they have presented the tale of local boy does well and grows up.

However, I should really declare an interest, having been at both the 2005 European Cup Final and 2006 FA Cup final, and watched him many times from the Kop End over the last 8 years of his career.
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Format: Paperback
Apart from considering Steven Gerrard to be a formidable footballer I have often wondered whether he is the aloof star the media would have us believe.

Of course I also wanted to know what it was like living the moments I had celebrated as a fan - especially as an England fan.

First things first. This is not truly an 'autobiography'. This book is unequivocally and only the footballing life of Steven Gerrard. If you are wanting to know anything about Gerrard's life outside of football then you are not going to find that detail here. His wife gets about three pages in over 400.

What we do have is a story of a passion for football, Liverpool and England. And that starts with a unique approach to the childhood portion which so often bogs down these books. There is no emphasis on the poor roots, or how hard life was. We start with a nod to the tragedies of Liverpool's past and how that motivates Gerrard the man. We then skip onto life as a child from a child's perspective. The telling of this portion is almost innocent and really sets you up for the frank and honest discourse that follows of his adult life.

And that is the quality of this book. It doesn't seem that Gerrard is particularly emotional, at least from the text of this book, but he is phenomenally driven. Through the whole story it is his focus on football and the desire to succeed that fills the pages. It is his honest recounting of this that really does keep us wanting more.

PROS: Quite beguiling for its honesty; including his childhood years alongside and in the shadow of his friend Michael Owen; his wide eyed emergence into the professional footballing ranks, and his conversational appraisals of many great footballers - you understand why the great are the great.
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