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Wayne Rooney: The Way It Is: My Story by [Rooney, Wayne]
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‘He stands head and shoulders above the rest’ Daily Telegraph

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'He stands head and shoulders above the rest' Daily Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 141220 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport; New Ed edition (6 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007242026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007242023
  • ASIN: B002RUA5EW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I got up this morning. I didn't have a cup of tea 'cos I don't like tea. Then I went to work and played football. I didn't see the boss because he was in the office.

Not only does Rooney have nothing to say but his writing style makes "The Sun" look like Shakespeare. When he has done something worth writing about he needs to get someone else to write about it for him.
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Format: Paperback
At first glance, this looks like a brand new book about Wayne Rooney. In fact, it's simply last year's 'Wayne Rooney: My Story So Far' in paperback, but re-designed completely so that big colour pictures of Wayne appear between every chapter. This makes it look more like a picture-book than a life-story: less David Copperfield and more The Mr Men.

That's fine, as far as it goes - but the written bits are as bad as ever. Compare Steven Gerrard's book (the only one of many which sold well after last summer's World Cup) or either of Gazza's books (co-authored, like Wayne's book, by Hunter Davies). These read like you're sitting having a pint with a player who is telling you all about his life. This book, on the other hand, feels like it's been written by a committee - or perhaps a computer. Unlike Wayne's lively performances on the pitch and his colourful life off it, this is as lifeless as yesterday's leftovers.

So do buy this book if you want to look at colour pictures of Wayne Rooney. You might want to skip the writing.
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Format: Hardcover
Although I'm not a Man United supporter, I was really looking forward to this. Hunter Davies is one of the best ghostwriters in the business and the publishers had lavished a reported five million quid advance on this book and four follow-ups over the course of Wayne's life. Rooney is still, despite the World Cup, considered by many to be the most talented player in the country and he's had his fair share of off-pitch controversy to boot. There surely had to be SOMETHING interesting to read in here, if only for fifteen minutes?

Well, no. Nothing at all. Save your money.

There are two problems: one is that an autobiography is inevitably always best when looking back on a long and interesting life...or at least career. Hunter's work with Paul Gascoigne is a case in point - painful but fascinating reading. I don't buy the fact that young people should never get involved with autobiographies...it's just much harder to make them interesting.

But that's not the main problem really and in the end it's not entirely Rooney's fault - it's out of his hands. The reason this book is so very bad is that, no doubt pandering to Rooney's totalitarian manager Alex Ferguson and satanic agent Paul Stretford, any attempt to express an opinion, say something fascinating or offer an insight has been totally washed away. Even all that business about being caught in a brothel barely gets a couple of hollow paragraphs, presumaby to spare Colleen further embarrassment. So there's just nothing of the slightest interest left.

There are only two remaining questions (aside from the obvious one about why anybody bought this at all): given that Everton manager David Moyes has issued legal proceedings against Rooney over comments made in the book, how come it's still so very dull? And what on earth are they going to put in the other four?
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Format: Hardcover
There is a scene from "Blackadder Three" where Edmumd is lampooning William Pitt The Younger by asking who is next in the family tree "Pitt the toddler, Pitt The embryo, Pitt the glint in his father's eye". I mention this because in life terms" Wayne Rooney" is still very much a novice, indeed his behaviour on field is at times reminiscent of a toddler , stamping it's little foot ( sometimes in an opponents unmentionables) because it cannot get his own way. This however is secondary to the fact that it is patently ridiculous for a twenty year old to be releasing an autobiography.

Its a modern trend for sportsmen , particularly footballers to release their life stories mid career( Lampard ,Cole and Gerrard have all done it recently) but for someone as young as Rooney , who has the vast majority of his career in front of him it s clearly a cynical profiteering exercise. What has he to say, what has he achieved?....not very much. The book follows this rough outline-childhood, join club supported since boy, play for club supported since boy, score great goal against Arsenal, leave club supported since boy to join Manchester Utd, play for England including fine performances in Euro 2004 till foot gets broken, score some great goals for Utd and get sent off a lot, break foot again, struggle to get fit but play a part in England's World Cup debacle until getting sent off again- the end. Okay that's over simplifying it a bit, but not by much, though I have left out the riveting stuff about having a girlfriend who becomes a celebrity virtue of his fame.

Rooney is a very good footballer, potentially a great one, but his journey has barely started and although he's achieved more than most twenty year old footballers his story is not worth telling yet.
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Format: Hardcover
just did it for the dough, and not to provide any real insight into his life. Don't waste your time on this drivel go out and buy a real biography about someone who has had a full career

this review is about as short as what is interesting in this book
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