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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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Story is ok, narration very off putting

I’ve listened to many footballers autobiographies, and rarely they voice their own, so I didn’t expect Ian to voice this one. I found the narration of this very basic. Very little performance, annunciation, and overall a tad boring. I know I’m being picky, but even inflections at the end of certain sentences I found annoying after a while, and after reading other reviews, I’m not alone.

That aside, the book was good. Not the best I’ve read, but definitely one to tick off the list.

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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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Total honesty from an Arsenal legend.

Superb book Ian you should be very proud of it.
Hope your tax problems are soon resolved. An amazing life with a happy ending.

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Wright up there!

really enjoyed Ian's story and the narrator was a great choice because after a short time you could really think it was Ian speaking. I loved his honesty and owning up to his mistakes and regrets. what a man and what a player. loved it.

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Loved it

I loved this. Great narration and was very informative. Saw a different side to Ian Wright.

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  • 26-02-22

Wonderful Insight

What an amazing story from a born winner. This insight into Ian Wright’s life is so precious and well worth a listen. I loved it

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  • Nic
  • 20-02-21

Six Stars!

Ian Wright Wright Wright. What fantastic life. Thanks for sharing. Loved the sections on music, London, loving, life!

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  • Dre
  • 13-10-20

Phenomenally authentic

I finished this book within 2 days. Ian Wright is the reason I support Arsenal and is a lifelong hero. So happy to have the opportunity to learn from his life lessons.

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  • Alan Hargreaves
  • 09-09-20

I missed out on his life

this was so enlightening. he had a very varied life. hope everything works out for him and his family

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  • Emmanuel Otiko
  • 27-08-20

Great book

This is a very good book. Surprisingly deep. He goes into detail about what it takes to be a pro.

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  • Ryan muras
  • 23-10-16

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!