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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444779575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444779578
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful and gripping human story of the 2012 London Olympics hero

About the Author

MO FARAH was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1983. As a young child he spent time in Djibouti before moving to England at the age of eight. Mo initially struggled with the language barrier, but his PE teacher at Feltham Community College, Alan Watkinson, quickly spotted his potential as a runner and encouraged him to join Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club. After attending St Mary's Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre in Twickenham, Mo became a professional athlete. At the 2012 London Olympic Games he won gold in the 10,000m - Britain's first gold in this event. He followed this up with a stunning victory in the 5000m to become, in the words of Dave Moorcroft, 'the greatest male distance runner that Britain has ever seen.' Mo was appointed CBE in the Honours List in 2013. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Tania, and their three daughters Rhianna, Aisha and Amani.


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I am a huge fan of Mo Farah; this is the autobiography I have been waiting for with great anticipation since London 2012. With the number of athletes autobiographies and great performances coming from post London 2012 my expectations were high. This book delivers. This is one of the best books I have read all year. If you are just a casual fan his or just want to know more about the training, achievements, dedication, sacrifices and rewards of one of the greatest distance runner of our generation, this book will push you the rest of the converting anyone to a full-fledged fan. As a British Muslim as well I respect and applaud Mo's for keeping to his beliefs, but not forcing them on anyone else at the same time respecting other people's beliefs and opinions.

Every time I had seen Mo on TV racing or being interviewed he has always been smiling, polite and dignified. Even in the infamous post marathon interview where the presenter had no idea who he was. When I watched I though he showed his class by trying not to embarrass the lady. He does talk about the incident in the book, and once again show what a classy person he is. Having said that it was nice to see the more private side of Mo's personality the mischievous, daredevil, mick taker as well. I don't know if it is from being a twin but doubles and the number 2 seem to follow Mo around a lot in his championships. Being one of the few men to be double, double champion is evident of this.

The book starts off from young days in Somalia, and his introduction to running with his hilarious adventures trying to watch the
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I really enjoyed this book...a suprisingly interesting read......its good to find out about where a person came from and it shows what a humble man he is... 5* great read..
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Read this book during a flight from London to Doha-excellent book! I could not stop reading it from start to finish and loved it. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the true Mo Farah, not the one that the Dailymail and alike would want to you to believe. This guy came from nowhere to somewhere, in terms of his career development and professionalism, thank to his dedications and help from a lot of people and as a result created history in many ways. No doubt about this. In the book he comes across as an honest (admitted his mistakes in life + admitted his dyslexia); appreciative (mentioned people who contributed to his success); family man (loyal to his wife although I’d have loved him to say a bit more about her background); committed (once he decided to be an athlete he was fully committed to it, no ifs no buts); hard-worker (my God how could someone runs 120-150 miles per wk, and traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and the US to advance his career); visionary and a good planner (to be honest these could largely be attributed to his coaches); good decision maker (got rid one of his coaches when needed), and has sense of responsibility (set up the Mo Foundation to help poor and disadvantaged people both in the UK and the Horn of Africa).

I liked his appreciations and frankness on what the UK, as a country, offered to him -just like him I'm also originally from Somalia (around same age as him) so I can relate to myself a lot of things that Mo mentioned in the book-although I thought he could be accused of exaggerating few things here and there(generalizing certain aspects of his experiences to the entire community). Another limitation I found in the book is his indirect 'promotion' of Somaliland cause.
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This book was very interesting, Mo should go around Schools, to inform our Children that with hard work, determination and effort
one can overcome some handicaps and do great things, of course, the MAJORITY of Children in the UK are not under-privileged as Mo was by the standards in UK leaving his Mother, Grandmother, Twin Brother, being dyslectic, not speaking the language, to come and settle here, I thought was really interesting, this journey in his life, more so than his achivements , I think that with knowing what he had done for sport in GB which he is admired for it was the leading up to this formidable runner that I admired him for.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. When I got to the part where Mo writes about Super Saturday, when he, along with other GB Team members, won Olympic gold medals, his account of his race made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and I already knew the outcome!
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Decent book, a good summary of his life and some interesting bits without ever really feel like you are getting the real Mo. I wanted to know more about what motivates him though and what training methods he uses etc. I wonder how much of this he wrote, looks to me like he did a few hours meeting with a ghost writer and then just let them get on with it.....
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Waz Quite SurpriseD at How-Big This Book Waz When It Arrived, (On-Time) :)

FABULAS, WONDERFULL Photographs & Printing.
This`s SuitaBle For EveryBoDy-Any Age.

FANTASTIC WORK BY MO FARAH. :) XXXX
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