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For the Redknapp clan, football is a family concern; it's the family business. Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer is a deeply moving, heartfelt and beautifully personal account of growing up as the second son of Harry Redknapp, and also an enchanting love letter to football.

'I'm Jamie Redknapp. Chances are my surname rings a bell. I want to introduce you to a colourful cast of characters from my formative years.

Growing up, Dad and grandad "Pop" told us tall stories from London's East End, but there was no artistic licence needed when I was actually kicking a ball about with legends like George Best, Bobby Moore, and Geoff Hurst. 

This book is the story of my childhood and adolescence. Like many others, I guess it's a pretty typical mix of caravans and lollies, sweaty T-shirts and paper rounds, cheese sandwiches and Glacier Mints, The A Team, E.T. and Chinese takeaways.

But this is also the story of a journey through an extraordinary childhood obsession with football. One minute it was all about Shoot! magazine, endless keepy-ups and countless impromptu kickabouts. The next, I'm playing for Bournemouth Reserves against terrifying, fully grown men. 

Then I got my move to Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool. I might've been living off gristly sausages and Smash potato in my dingy digs up on Merseyside, but I was living the dream. I was desperately hoping it was the start of something special. 

Writing Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer has helped me discover so much about myself. This book is my way of explaining who and what have made me...well, me.'

©2020 Jamie Redknapp (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Jamie Redknapp comes across as a spoilt brat,with an I love me attitude.I didn’t enjoy this book.

Jamie Redknapp comes across as a spoilt brat.with an I love me attitude.I didn’t enjoy this book and wouldn’t recommend it.It’s. Kringle.

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An isiteful look into the Redknapp family

A light humorous look into the making of a footballer with a famous dad

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Not a bad listen!

Based more on his childhood. Stories of his younger years and memories of his parents throughout.

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great book

jamie really opens up grest read and would recommend to all .great insite into football life ups and downs

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Jamies reading is really coming on well.

A good insight into the hardwork and dedication it takes to become a footballer at the top level.
Enjoyed the book thoroughly.

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Disappointed

Slightly disappointed Jamie didn't talk about more of his family life. It was definitely more football orientated of his early career. Lost interest but did go back to it as thought it would get better but didn't.

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Enjoyable listen from a down to earth author

I really enjoyed this book. Jamie Redknapp is a likeable guy, down to earth and achieved what he has through hard work and talent. His stories of growing up and how he got to Liverpool are inspiring for young footballers. The clue is in the title although it would have been great to hear more about his later career but this is perhaps another book another day.

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Really good, unique.

It's a different footballer's autobiography, as it only deals with his rise to fame.

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He blew the whistle too soon

I loved this book. It was read in the present tense so it felt like you were living every tackle and game with Jamie. This book gets across in detail what it takes to be an elite football player in the modern era. Very few autobiographies of this type manage to captute this.
You have to be good, that's a given, but there are so many other layers that you're ignorant of as a fan. One of them being the hunger and desire in players who aren't old enough to order a pint, never mind play in the Premier League. The grit, drive and determination, the resilience, the levels of mental toughness, coming to terms with your heroes as your team mates. All of this was fascinating.
The only downside -- Jamie's book stops after only his second first team appearance for Liverpool. Perhaps there's a second book on the way?

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good listen

I'm glad he read it himself as I don't think it would have been near as good if it was someone else.