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on 14 March 2014
The big plus for me was that he does not sit on the fence: names are named, fingers are pointed and blunt opinions expressed. He does not spare himself in this and writes openly and honestly about his own failures and his triumphs. I hope he makes the transition into a media career and manages to keep up this standard.
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on 4 June 2014
I liked this book, because how honest and up front the portray of how the life of a football player who played most of his career in the lower regions of football, coped with life's ups and downs. Furthermore, the humour and dark side of football and how it can affect the individual and the people around him.
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on 6 November 2016
The book pre-dates his most recent attempted suicide incident but He is open and honest about the challenges during his life and it's easy to see how he had another episode.
It's a good lol into life as a lower league player but does lack a little depth on the playing side of his career.
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on 11 May 2016
This was an excellent read. It gave a great insight into the world of footballer in the lower divisions of the football league. It also illustrated the difficult world that aging footballers face, the memories, the great games, the triumphs and the disappointments. Clarke Carlisle writes in an intelligent manner, and comes face to face with his demons, though after the book is published he face further difficulties and problems with drink and depression. The book shows the rewards that can be gained by a few footballers, and the problems that many face, one of the major ones being that they appear to have too much time on their hands, and lack the ability or guidance to know how to fill that time with purposeful activity. Certainly after reading this book I shall be much kinder in my thoughts about footballers and their antics, and they way that they play football.This is a good object lesson for us all.
This is a good book to read even if you have only a superficial interest in football, or even just interested in how a human being ticks, and goes about his everyday life.
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on 4 May 2015
Book leaves the impression that Clarke needed money so he got this book as his football career was going down the s***ter.
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on 4 May 2016
Straight from the heart. Hard hitting at times but really engaging and informative. Made me gasp, wince and laugh in equal measures. A balanced account of what life as a professional footballer can be like - pros & cons! Really good read.
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on 10 March 2016
An excellent book not like most football biographies and gives an excellent insight into depression. How people with depression really struggle and it's not just something you can just turn off. Honest and excellently written.
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on 5 November 2013
Very interesting read from start to finish, his brutal honesty is what makes this a great book. Not your typical footballer's autobiography by any means.
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on 22 November 2013
Brilliant book as a cobblers fan it was great to get an insight into the workings of my club . Clarke appears to be a very honest guy who appreciates what football has given to him throughout his career. Good luck to him
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on 19 February 2017
An honest and open read. Obviously a good guy. Has the same doubts and fears as everyone else but sadly we do not get the depth from this book to fully explain any actions taken. Book is from before the lorry incident.
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