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Roy of the Rovers: The Official Autobiography of Roy of the Rovers by [Race, Roy]
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"There can be only one contender for sports book of the year: Giles Smith’s Roy of the Rovers: the Official Autobiography. The man, the myth, the legend, the suspiciously large number of kidnappings – it’s all here" (Guardian)

"Roy Race's nickname has become a standard description of heroic triumphs against the odds... Real Roy of the Rovers stuff." (Irish Independent)

"This chronicle is consistently superb; hilarious, yet veering at times towards the poignant … comic gold" (The Times)

"it’s all delivered in the rich, full style of the typical football memoir. I looked at Alex Ferguson’s for comparison and there isn’t a cigarette paper between them. It is a glorious achievement." (The Guardian)

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The greatest story ever told by the world’s most beloved sportsman, Roy of the Rovers, in his own words for the first time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1851 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (9 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KY3N3LG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is more a mickey take than a genuine effort to tell the story of Roy of the Rovers.Anybody over the age of 45 will remember the golden age of comics and this book makes fun of the stereotype that was Roy Race.Several times i laughed out loud at the humour and i can't remember the last time that happened.All the old characters get a mention,Blackie Gray,Duncan Mckay,Tubby Morton,Charlie the 'Cat' Carter,Vernon Elliot and of course the manager Ben Galloway.Highly recommended.
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I eagerly awaited the publication of 'Roy.' I have only read the first few chapters but am extremely disappointed that his early life and signing for Melchester has been written with little or no reference to his back story in the comics. Examples include the relationship with Blackie Gray or the signing of professional terms with Melchester. Both of these are important moments fully documented in the comics but completely changed in the autobiography. I assume the book was written to appeal to long term fans. I cannot believe that so little research has been done. There are also other glaring things that contradict later mythology. A very poor publication and waste of money.
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A funny writer...but one who should not have been let anywhere near Roy Race. Not, as some have asserted, 'well researched' at all. Horrible, grating errors and inconsistencies abound (goalkeeper Tubby Morton becomes a centre back (ouch), Taffy Morgan is Rovers' trainer at least five years before he retired, trophy numbers and other details are inconsistent but without comical effect) and the author's delight in his own adolescent cleverness makes most of his jokes so overblown they fall flat. Needed a good editor (IPC's Tomlinson, Vosper or Harrison if still living would have fixed this up properly) a good researcher and a second author with affection and understanding of the subject to tone down the hyperbole. Postmodern in-joke self-congratulation at its worst. Mick Collins' 'Unauthorized' is a much better-positioned book. 'Career overview' is achieved but also charts the characters, creators and publications. Acton/Jarman RoR The Playing Years covers the great man's career direct from the comic strips. Enjoyable, although a good copy may not come cheap. However, don't waste your money on this 'Official Autobiography'. I suspect it is a hatchet job actually written by Elton Blake, who must be out by now.
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This is one of the funniest books I have read. Roy is deadpan and clean cut and never takes his eye off the ball as chaos and immorality are all around. His Dad is a great comic creation, a misery ,and there are many lol set pieces e.g a goat as team mascot, a paternity set up and the many kidnappings. Giles smith the droll Times columnist apparently wrote this and it is a delight if you like football and enjoyed Roy of the Rovers for its sometimes cheesy but great entertainment.
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Awful, was looking forward to it, but the bloke tried to modern up a legend putting sex scandels stories in that just didn't happen. Waste of time
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Roy I had heard of but not read before. A football loving friend loaned this to me and it was a fun read if more in the realm of fantasy than football. How else could someone lead a side overseas only to be repeatedly kidnapped with the price a freedom, a football game against their captors. Similarly some incredibly huge crowds, endless last minute goals and generally goals galore. The book does accurately chronicle developments in the game e.g. going from no substitutes through one for injury and up to the present bench. Apart from kidnappings, two murder attempts and a terrorist bomb it is all good clean fun. Particularly clean is the personal sexual morality of the hero. One might think he is for his era an unusual footballer morally, no drink, drugs or cigarettes. A book that is clean and funny, suitable for adults and children and all who love the fantasy that is football.
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Sitting here jaw agape at those reviewers who thought, what, that this was an actual autobiography? That it in some way needed 'researching'? Oh, please. Absolutely stunning. Instead, if you grew up with Roy of the Rovers, vaguely remember some of the storylines and have even a half decent sense of humour you'll enjoy a) being reminded of Roy's literally fantastic exploits and b) the adult joke. That's all there is to it - a great idea, well executed.
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An amusing book, very funny in places. It captures Roy of the Rovers essentially 'squeaky clean' persona.
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