Almost as soon as Gazza burst on to the scene at Newcastle United, the young Geordie was the centre of attention: Vinnie Jones's notorious ball-handling showed the lengths people would go to try to stop him. Then, with England on the verge of possibly reaching the World Cup final in 1990, came Gazza's tears - the moment that brought a whole new audience to the sport and helped set the football boom of the 1990s on its way. But then came a career-threatening injury, mental health problems, self-confessed alcoholism and family disputes, as life in the full glare of the media spotlight became too much. Now, at the end of his top-flight playing career, Gazza is ready to confront his demons.
The result is quite simply the most remarkable footballing story you'll ever read: what it's like being Paul Gascoigne, in his own words.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages, 32pp colour insets integrated onto text paper
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 06/06/2005
- Category: Autobiography: sport
- ISBN: 9780747268185
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Review by jimrbrown
As a massive football fan this book depressed me. Gazza was the finest English footballer in the last 30 years and to read how he wasted his talent with his antics and alcohol really got me down. All credit to Hunter Davies, a superb sports writer, for getting Gazza to 'tell all'. I just know however that one day in the next few years I will wake up to the news that Gazza is dead. His whole life has been one big roller coaster and although one could say he has brought a lot of his problems on himself, he seems to have surrounded himself with people who have bled him dry of money and emotions.