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Summary

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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Inspirational

This is the second book I’ve read written by Mr Ferris. I finished reading magic in the tin which I thoroughly enjoyed, although, it did make me very sad at times because of my own
on going battle with advanced prostate cancer.
Boy on the Shed was inspirational the way Mr Ferris has found the strength to share and overcome many traumas in his life. I’m a Newcastle United fan and a proud Geordie from Irish decent this helped to bring this book into my heart. Thank you Mr Ferris. S.Callaghan

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what a rollercoaster

loved it so evocative and factually enlightening about the highs and lows of a football focused life

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Great Story !!

Enjoyed the whole experience of listening to Paul's inspiring story. The narrator did a great job too

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What a brilliant read/listen

Wow, iv just done the book in a day. Loved it. Funny, sad and honest.

thank you

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Very engaging

As a life long Newcastle fan I found this book really engaging and was in awe at his commitment to the club. It is well read and will keep you entertained.

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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.
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