Paula Radcliffe has managed to be both very successful in her field and incredibly popular with the Great British Public.
She was the underdog for so long -- narrowly missing out on medals in the 1999 World Championships and the 2000 Sydney Olympics -- that fans longed to see her win.
Paula's rosy manner hides a tough resolve to succeed and in 2002 her luck began to turn.
She won gold medals at both the Commonwealth and European championships and started to grab the headlines, bringing Britain's focus back to athletics.
Paula's bravery is not limited to the track, however.
She has become a passionate spokesperson against drug cheats and, inspired by her own battle with the condition, she is widely admired for her patronage of asthma charities. And even though Athens in 2004 proved to be more Greek tragedy than triumph, her popularity remains undimmed.
Her remarkable life story of highs and lows is fully chronicled in this fascinating and inspiring autobiography.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, 3 x 8 colour
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 03/10/2005
- Category: Autobiography: sport
- ISBN: 9780743478694
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Review by LyzzyBee
Acquired via BookCrossing 05 Feb 2010 - from KGC bookshelfI picked up Paula Radcliffe and Kelly Holmes' autobiographies at the same time, but had a little gap between reading them. This one was just as good as Kelly's (I like the way they mention each other, too!). "My Story So Far" is up to and including the disastrous Athens Olympics, with some follow-up information afterwards - and what was a very traumatic time is faced up to at the very start of the book and then returned to and explained in its place chronologically.The chronology does go a bit odd in places, and I got confused in the University and just-post-University years. But that didn't really matter - what did matter was the honesty and directness of the story, with Gary putting his oar in occasionally (amusingly at time). There's quite a lot of detail on physical and digestive matters, but of course these things really count - and are endlessly fascinating to a fellow runner even if probably a bit Too Much Information for the more casual or uninvolved reader!Like Kelly, Paula acknowledges that running is one of the few sports where everyone, from elites to slow but sure charity fundraisers, can take part in the same race at the same time. And the amateur as well as the professional can get encouragement, tips, familiar feelings and inspiration from both books.A very enjoyable read and I am left with even more admiration for Paula's strength and determination. Oh, and I loved that she went for a run on her wedding morning bridesmaid and lifelong friend Liz Yelling!