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The Boy on the Shed

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Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Shortlisted for the 2018 William Hill Sports Book of the Year  

Today was his first climb to the top. He knew if he was there, watching, then she would never leave him. Her name was Bernadette, and he climbed the shed every day. 

This is a not a football book, as such. Rather, it is a memoir by someone who happened to have superior ability at the sport during his formative years, which led him on a remarkable journey. Paul Ferris became a professional footballer and at the age of 16 was the youngest ever to play in Newcastle United's first team. 

Coming from Northern Ireland and being a skilful winger with dancing feet, he was inevitably hailed as 'the new George Best'. But the story of his time in the game, particularly as a young player, is one of insecurity, injuries, uncertainty, fear and, ultimately, a failure to fulfil his hopes and dreams. 

The book opens in Lisburn, near Belfast. The Ferris family are Catholics in a predominantly Protestant town at the height of The Troubles. Ferris relives his childhood and teens with brutal candour laced with black humour. The Boy on the Shed is a beautifully written account of a life, but it also lifts the lid on big personalities at Newcastle United. 

©2018 Paul Ferris (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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Great listen

Very interesting story, well worth a listen. Good luck with the winter Paul. An honest and endearing portrayal.

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Fantastic

This was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Paul’s journey through life and football. Superbly written and told with a narration that makes it come alive. Incredibly entertaining and at times emotional.

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Thought provoking.

Spanning football behind the scenes from pennies to millions and spanning life from dreams to reality. Decisions decisions.

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Good book

I enjoyed this book. I actually think it works better as audible than it would as book because of the emotive way Paul tells it. You don’t need to be a hardened footy fan to listen! Well done Paul, your mum would be very proud.

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Obsession with his Mother

Good audiobook which looked at an injured professional footballer and how he makes his way as part of the physiotherapy team at Newcastle United. Plenty of interesting 'inside' stories including the Ruud Gullit shambles.
Got fed up with the overlong sections about his mother though. His wife gets a couple of sentences of gratitude at the end despite being with him throughout whereas his mother seems to feature in every chapter!

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fantastic emotional and funny. great read.

loved the life story of Paul. So much more to his life than I had ever envisaged.

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The Boy On The Shed

The thought I had when I finished this book was.
How could such a clever, resourseful,brave man make so many bad choices in his life.

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Great Read

A thoroughly enjoyable read. Interesting from start to finish with many twists and turns, ups and downs. Not your normal football autobiography.

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a great read

a fine line between success and failure, decisions made maps our lives, really enjoyed reading. well done Paul

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“Propa class”!

One of the best books I’ve listened to!

I’m a Newcastle fan! And this book is mint.

Loved the story line.. 10/10