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Not much Jamaican feel about the book as it's written by an English journalist - in a journalisitic style
on 23 September 2013
What I've read so far is typical of many sports person's biographies. Written by a journalist after interviews with the subject. I didn't get the feeling that Usain wrote this with assistance - it seems clear that Shaun Custis is the author. Usain's character doesn't come through in the book, the way it does in even the briefest of his interviews on TV and radio. I'm not Jamaican, but live there 3 months each year and I travel the island extensively. I've slept in every parish and ridden a bicycle island wide, over 5,500 miles. I think I've picked up a bit of what Jamaican culture is about, but none of the culture shines through here, the book is too clinical. I didn't see 'Champs' referred to and that is a huge event in the Jamaican calendar!!! Oh the National Schoolboys Championships is mentioned - but not referred to as Champs. Usain would have named it as such, I feel sure.
The book is factually interesting, but has nothing of Usain's personality shining through. Some readers will feel a bit cheated by the way that Usain 'asserts the moral right to be the author', when it's clearly a work of the Sun journalist.