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Killa: The Autobiography of Kevin Kilbane Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136017
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ANDY MERRIMAN is the author of several books, including Greasepaint and Cordite, the story of the young entertainers sent out to war to dance and sing, Margaret Rutherford: Dreadnought with Good Manners, Hattie, the authorised biography of Hattie Jacques, and A Minor Adjustment, a book about his daughter who has Down’s syndrome. Andy, who writes for radio and television, lives in London with his wife and three children.

KEVIN KILBANE is Ireland’s most capped outfield footballer. He retired from professional football in 2012 and is now a regular pundit for RTE Sport, writes for the Daily Mail Ireland and appears on BBC radio 5 Live. 



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As someone of similar heritage it was refreshing to read about the strength of Killa's identity especially when he was given a great opportunity at a young age. The book connected with me personally in a number of ways and the inside stories were interesting. I am sure that he left out more than he included but then this is not an expose type of book. Killa had a great career by most player's standards and the challenge he has in his personal life makes one respect him for dealing with it in a mature way.
Normally I would never pay 8 quid for a Kindle book but knowing that most of it is going to a good cause made it an easy decision.
The book kept my interest till the end. The chapters are the right length and there is an unusual mix of international football glamor tempered with life outside the premier league. A good read.
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As a Preston fan I was interested in the Preston element of the book. One of the most honest autobiographies. I have ever read, his honest discussion of his birth of his daughter and his feelings around this happy event. Allows you to show his many sides. This is an autobiography which tells the story of a human being not just a footballer. Very good read.
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Book was a disappointment. Lots of frivolous details about specific games years and years ago. As unfortunately is the case with most footballers' autobiographies, pretty dull and uninspiring - very little in the way of juicy gossip, dressing room fall-outs, comments on characters within the game, explanation of the behind the scenes life at a football club, discussion of tactics, etc

However, I can say that Kevin Kilbane comes across as a seriously well-rounded, grounded and thoroughly decent human being - probably somebody who was too nice for the murky world of football and all its glitzy soul-less trappings. Mick McCarthy said in the intro that he would be honoured to call him his son and Kilbane's honesty and humility comes across well in the book - it just lacks punch.

Most interesting passages are on the birth of his daughter and how he and his family and friends came to terms with her Downs Syndrome. Kilbane's insecurity and lack of faith in his own ability are noteworthy too.
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I can thoroughly recommend this book which not only charts Kevin Kilbane's illustrious international and nomadic club career, but is much more than the usual football autobiography. Kevin writes openly and movingly about his difficult childhood, his marriage break up and battle with depression. His account of the birth of his daughter Elsie who has Down's syndrome and the incredibly understanding and sensitive response of his fellow teammates is a real tear jerker. Well worth a read - and also for a good cause. All royalties are going to Down's syndrome charities.
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Kevin Kilbane is one of the great unsung heroes of the Premier League's second decade. This book is a great read, not just for those with Irish and Evertonian sympathies, but for a wider footballing audience. The book strikes a great balance between Kilbane's family life and his professional career. I found the excerpts on the 2002 World Cup to be the most enjoyable, given the incredible on and off pitch drama of that period. It is a top overall read.
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In these days of either spiteful or bland autobiographies, I'm most impressed with this honestly-written and well researched book. As an WBA follower, this was the first section I turned to and the contents catch the mood of the times exactly. With proceeds going to a good cause, this is well worth an investment
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A brilliant read with a great insight to an Irish football legends career. Highly recommend!
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Good read. Excellent service.
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