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  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Alston Books (18 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904278760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904278764
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,916,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Scott is a Canadian professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. Scott previously played for the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, and Montreal Canadiens of the NHL. Scott was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a mechanical engineering degree. Scott and his wife Danielle have four daughters: Eva, Gabrielle, Estelle, and Sofia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A modest, warm, humorous and completely engaging true story of something I and others of my age (50-somethings) have no doubt desired to achieve: To get into a university; to be further educated and enlightened, something that the author courageously realises in 'later life' after retirement from a career in journalism.

John Scott entertainingly relates his story of life at York University as a 'mature' full-time undergraduate. From his first tentative steps where one feels a truly palpable sense of anxious, nervous, jittery anticipation and perhaps outright fear (?) which is similarly omnipresent at the books conclusion. I was indeed sensing and sharing those 'nerves' too as I eagerly leafed through the pages of this book.

How the 'career change' influenced the situation at home is also portrayed with all its 'awkwardness' and difficulties of which you can imagine there were a few.

The courage, the eclectic group of characters encountered, the 'chucklesome' humour, the conflicts with his suffering spouse and home life; the dread and nervous anticipation of appraisals and results and more are related with a simple, endearing and stylish flair throughout this relatively short book. It comes to a close far too quickly!

Lovely cover illustrations. I particularly liked the one on the reverse though both were very good being perfectly appropriate to the story, in fact they left one wanting for more of the same within its covers.

I have awarded it 4* rather than 5* as I would have preferred more of aforesaid (perhaps costly?) illustrations punctuating the text as chapter illustrations rather than the unusual amount of blank pages found within this already slim-ish book. I also feel it is an all too brief account which could have been meaningfully expanded upon given the rich 'cast' of characters and events. Otherwise though it was a really great read! Recommended.
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John Scott has a wonderfully easy writing style which makes all his books a pleasure to read. This one tells how he took early retirement and went off to fulfil a lifelong ambition by going to study for an English degree at the university of York. He obviously had the time of his life, This book is touching, warm hearted and humorous, and I suspect it will inspire many people to be brave and just 'go for it' just like he did.
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