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Rafa: My Story Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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Rafa: My Story is a terrific sporting memoir, full of memorable anecdotes and stamped with the authority of a ghostwriter who earned the complete trust of his subject. It is hard to imagine how Nadal could have done any more to get the best out of his own raw material. And it is to Carlin's enourmous credit that the book is a true reflection of the man, in every sense (Ed Smith New Statesman)
Between them they have served up a winner (Simon Redfern Independent)
Take a glimpse behind the curtain of both his private and professional life - it's as exciting as Rafa himself (Woman's Own)
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today and a fascinating insight into the making of a championSee all Product description
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The need for padding is perhaps not just because of Nadal's (relative) youth, but also because he is a focussed and private individual by nature. Something that to those of us who "know" of Nadal on the tour, through his press-conferences and interviews, will come as no surprise, and something that makes him one of the sport's most endearing personalities. It doesn't really make him the most thrilling subject for a book, nor does it make this book a place of any great revelations, either about the world of tennis, or its players, or indeed Nadal's own team and family.
Divided into 9 chapters, each chapter opens with Nadal dissecting a final he played in each of the four Grand Slams starting with (arguably) the greatest ever played: Wimbledon, 2008. These sections do tend to wander at times, but unlike others I felt Nadal's "voice" to be quite consistent with what I imagine, give or take the inevitable vagaries of translation. He offers insight into the physical and mental pressures of the game through the kind of detailed analysis of points that forms part of his match preparation--and at his most revelatory he recounts the affects of injury and his parents' separation on his life. John Carlin's companion pieces offer thoughts from Nadal's team, the most interesting of which is the complex coach/player relationship.Read more ›
It gives a real insight into what makes Rafa tick, it's very honest, inspiring and really interesting; I've been a fan of Rafa's for 6 years and I admire him even more after reading this book.
The book is really well written and each chapter has 2 sections, the 1st written by Rafa and the 2nd by John Carlin with more info and insights. I especially like the way he describes Rafa as "Clark Kent and Superman" and reveals that Rafa has fears and insecurites (as most of us do & can relate to) but the way he conquers them and has achieved all he has is a real inspiration. I also love the inclusion of Rafa's family giving more inights about his personality.
There are 16 pages of colour photos in it ranging from when Rafa was a child to his US Open win last year.
A great book, Rafa fans will love it.
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It's a life lesson - how to fight for your dreams, how to stay when it's tough, how to overcome your own weaknesses, how to show respect. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alexandra
it feels like a PR exercise here...mostly because you would expect a story of a tennis player to come out AFTER his career is over.Published 6 months ago by matp
This book is okay. Rafa's story isn't too interesting as he was born into a family of sporting stars and was lucky enough to have an Uncle devote his entire life into his career. Read morePublished 6 months ago by adam
I Love anything to do with Rafa, so this book was right up my street, an all time great, and an inspiration to men, women and children everywhere, great we got Rafas perspective on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Being a tennis fan, this was a joy to read for me and provided some very good information on Rafa.Published 8 months ago by DIANE
For a die-hard Rafa fan, some or most of the information in this book isn't brand-new, however it's so refreshing to read about his special relationship with Uncle Toni, the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bianca
I already bought the paper version of this amazing book as soon as it was released (I'm a huge fan!) and this read is incredibly inspiring, detailed and emotional. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Clelia