Scholes: My Story (MUFC) Hardcover – 29 Sep 2011
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'One of the better soccer books of the year, from one of the most likeable players. Paul Scholes, a Manchester lad himself, was lauded recently by Xavi as the finest midfielder of his generation. Forget the annual, this hardback illustrated autobiography is the perfect gift for Manchester United fans' --John Spain, Irish Independent
About the Author
Paul Scholes has represented Manchester United over more than sixteen years making more than 600 appearances in that time. He represented the England national team from 1997 until his retirement in 2004, winning 66 caps which included two World Cup and two European Cup campaigns. In 2008 he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.
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Given his reputation for keeping out of the headlines I was eagerly awaiting to see more of his character and views in "My Story" and the book surprised me. It's not the standard biography where he starts talking about his parents and up-bringing and then playing in various school teams until he gets a trial etc etc. Firstly it is packed with photos that Scholes uses as a conversation point as he goes through each of his playing seasons and secondly he mainly sticks to the footballing part of his life - after an introduction we see a few pictures of him as a toddler with a football, but then we launch into his time in the legendary United youth team. Sadly he was the last of that golden generation and his retirement put a full stop on a significant chapter in United's history (Giggs is still playing but was older and not part of the team that featured Scholes, Butt, Neville, Beckham etc).
It works rather well despite being slightly short on narrative (like the man himself), his mischievous sense of humour is very well described with some very funny examples in Fergie's introduction and with quotes from his team-mates that litter the book. It does feel like you are being allowed a peak into deep friendship, camaraderie and banter and the comments give you a real sense of the man and perfectly balance his own cheery narrative.Read more ›
It's an interesting enough read but offers little of the behind the scenes opinion and insight that make autobiographies so interesting. As you might expect from Scholes, there's little controversy to be found here - with perhaps his only negative opinion being expressed towards Dennis Wise. Don't expect anything shocking then, but this book does offer a full insight into the high esteem in which Scholes was held by those who played with him and against him and is a fitting tribute to an outstanding career.
Mercifully he has not subjected his fans to the orthodox player autobiography, a genre invariably replete with tiresome, self-serving tales. Instead he has treated us to a volume of intelligent, heartfelt reflections on his time in the game, lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photographs. All his greatest goals are here, and there's some lovely stuff about his family, too. It's just one fabulous book.