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Summary

Ian Wright, Arsenal legend, England striker and TV pundit extraordinaire, is one of the most interesting and relevant figures in modern football. His journey from a South London council estate to national treasure is everybody's dream.

From Sunday morning football directly to Crystal Palace; from 'boring, boring Arsenal' to inside the Wenger Revolution; from Saturday afternoons on the pitch to Saturday evenings on primetime television; from a week in prison to inspiring youth offenders, Ian will reveal all about his extraordinary life and career.

Ian will also frankly discuss how retirement affects footballers, why George Graham deserves a statue, social media, why music matters, breaking Arsenal's goal-scoring record, racism, the unadulterated joy of playing alongside Dennis Bergkamp and, of course, what he thinks about Tottenham.

Not a standard footballer's autobiography, Ian Wright's memoir is a thoughtful and gripping insight into a Highbury hero and one of the greatest sports stars of recent years.

©2016 Ian Wright (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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Brilliant story

Fantastic story, excellent narration. A must listen for everyone. The story is a black man living in London during the 70's 80's and 90's personified.

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From one of my life heros

Ian Wright lived and best of all loved and loves his life. An honest account of a privileged life i.e. that of a professional footballer. Thanks Ian I really enjoyed the book.

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Fantastic journey of an under valued footballing story

Being a Wolves fan I only know Ian Wright through the chants you'd hear on the terraces. I'm 25 so I only got the fag end of his career and never saw him in his prime. However with his onscreen personality I felt like this would be a great book to listen to, and I was right. Despite not performing the book himself you can really tell this is Wrighty, his vocabulary and performance is bang on. The book has a great insight into the world of football during the late 80, and early 90's and gives an informed, non biased view towards growing up as a black child, and how racism is perceived.

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Wrighty - an incredible guy

An excellent resume of Ian's life read by someone who sounded just like Wrighty, which made it more enjoyable and real. I loved his enthusiasm and the way he portrayed his life - warts and all. He gained more respect including the negative side rather than merely promoting the positives. A great man and a fabulous read.

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Loved it

I grew up in the same patch as Wrighty so this book was of interesting especially as an arsenal fan aswell. Wright was our local hero. This is very well organised, heart felt, honest and informative. A must listen /read for anyone. Especially for insights into the football world.

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Easy listening

Finished in no time, enjoyable honest account delivered in a direct way that you would expect from Ian Wright!

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The reader breathes really loudly throughout

The content of the book was good and I wanted to listen to it but the narrators loud breathing put me off.

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A very honest bittersweet bio.

I loved Ian as a footballer. This book was on the money, honest and bittersweet. A great listen about one of my heroes. The last chapter had me in tears. Thanks Ian. RIP Rocky.

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Ian Wright Wright Wright

Great,honest book for footy fans. Only shame is that he didn’t read it, but it’s still really good and makes me love the legend even more.

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Average

Takes a while to get into and the narrative is trying to sound like him but is quite annoying!

Not the best story out there but has snippets of interesting information.

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Best I've read!

Read a lot of bios recently but this one really goes behind the scenes from a young lost boy to an Arsenal hero.

Also great insight to methods and philosophy behind Arsene wenger!

Didn't want this book to end!