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Unbelievable: From My Childhood Dreams To Winning Olympic Gold Hardcover – 8 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444768603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444768602
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was the simple phrase 'So I run and I run and I win. I am the Olympic champion' that made tears prick my eyes. (Daily Telegraph)

A heart-warming yet candid read from our favourite girl next door... Will make you fall in love with our Jess all over again. (Sun)

A powerful tale... If you're trying to impress upon an errant teen the virtues of dedication and discipline, you'll find what you need here. (The Sunday Times)

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The full story of the gold medal-winning 'face of the Olympics'

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I did like this book, but straight from the double margins I knew it was going to be quite short. By the end of the book I did feel I got to know Jessica Ennis. She come across as a humble, dedicated, hardworking, and most of all relatable and likeable. This book is written for the general public in mind you do not have to be interested in sports to read and enjoy this book. This book is a great insight not only to Jessica but coping from acceptance to fame. Becoming an icon but staying grounded.

There are two main reason I could not give this book 5 stars is I though the book was a little too PC for me. An example would be Bradley Wiggins book In Pursuit of Glory in here you feel the raw emotion Bradley does in the heat of the moment. Swearing aside, (though Jessica does admit she is as susceptible to the occasional F-bomb as the rest of us), you feel his passion for his sport coming off the page. Jessica I have no doubt is just as passionate about her sport, people, and doping issues, but because her conscientious nature you do not get the same feel in her writing. She does also take the high road on issues of her bullying she talks about how bad and awkward it made her feel, but she does not name and shame them. She is just a better person them me, this would have been me taking revenge saying look at me now.

The other reason is I also would have liked to know some of the specific exercises that Jessica does. She goes into more detail of this when talking about running the 800 metres, e.g. running shorter distances at great speed with shorter recovery times. She does not really say how she trained for the other events she gives a broad over view but no specifics.
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I am a big fan of Jessica Ennis and I am so hopeful she will continue to rack up the titles and UK records (and maybe world records) but I think this account just does'nt do her justice. On the one hand there are some inspirational snippets from her life to Olympic Champion but on the other hand the brevity of the book and how some topics are skimmed over left me disappointed.

As others have highlighted, the padding out of the book with double margins, blank pages and several pages devoted to her tables of record , the reader is left with a scant commentary. I read the book in four days of bed-time reading.

It felt like the book was rushed out which may be unfair but compared with other Christmas releases this lacks depth. To deal with Jessica's experience of providing drug samples in a few pages and the Olympic experience in such brevity is short changing the experience.

That said, still worth a read to get to know her better but if only Broadbent had imposed himself more on the content you may have a more in-depth account of some really interesting topics.
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I really enjoyed reading Jess' book. It was a nice easy read that gave a good insight into the route and dedication Jess has to her chosen sport. A great sports woman with a life long passion for athletics, she is also quite humble and comes across as a normal woman who sometimes struggles with her confidence but keeps coming back for more.
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As an avid Jessica fan for a few years now, I like others were looking forward to reading her book and finding out more about her and her journey, especially since her injuries before Beijing and how she coped with it to bring Olympic glory in London.
With Jessica's nature being fairly quiet, secretive and a will to stay away from the spot light which I credit her enormously for being it doesn't bode well for a autobiography. What it leaves you with is a 250 page book in large font and many chapter pages with subjects being dusted over. Don't get me wrong its a nice read and you really feel a strong connection with Jessica and her personality however when only a handful pages are written about key areas of her life you have to wonder why bother.
I get the feeling that this is probably not something that Jessica wanted to do. Her personality as I say is very secretive, she hates the spot light and still views herself as a 'Girl from Yorkshire' and so therefore was probably the publishers who wanted to cash in rather than Jessica's willingness to write a book. You can almost sense Jessica at times wondering 'Should I include this in my book?'
I love Jessica and what she has done and how she has done it but you won't learn much from this book and in whole was a disappointment.
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Jessica Ennis was born in Sheffield in 1986. She describes herself as 'an ordinary girl from a run-of-the-mill street in Sheffield'. At primary school she spent her nights crying over her diary knowing that she would be met at the school gates next day by bullies. She was taunted for her size and background status. Her father, Vinnie, had arrived from Jamaica aged 12. He married her 'rebel mother', Alison after meeting her in 1984. 'Small and scraggy', Jessica not surprisingly had no self-confidence. Moving to secondary school took the bullies with her but her saviour turned out to be sport. Following a summer sports' camp , and when aged 13, she was 'spotted' by Toni Minichiello (Chell), who became her life-long coach despite a love-hate relationship accompanied by the inevitable tears, pain and joy. She went to Sheffield University to study psychology, gaining an honours degree.

Chell was moving Jessica carefully through the junior pentathlon and heptathlon scene at international meetings into the seniors' forum. Kelly Sotherton was British number one and a bronze medallist in Athens. A blunt woman who spoke her mind and was not afraid of the media. She approached Jessica at a meeting and said, "I've just called you tadpole to the press". Annoyed to say the least, the name stuck for several years, but fired up the competitive gene in Jessica. She candidly reveals her feelings behind the smiles and tears.

Surrounded by experts in their respective fields, 'Team Ennis' took on the very best heptathletes in the world with Jessica becoming European and World champion and MBE. The gruelling training and never-say-die attitude took its toll. Ankle and foot fractures forced her out of the 2008 Beijing games.
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