Footballing memoir scores on authenticity

Sometimes the stories of those who strive for greatness and fall short can be just as compelling. Paul Ferris’s The Boy on the Shed is one of those stories

18th February, 2018
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Paul Ferris, scoring a goal for Newcastle United against Bradford City in September 1984 Pic: Getty

Autobiography: The Boy on the Shed , By Paul Ferris, Hodder & Stoughton, €17.25

Most sports autobiographies are penned by those who have reached the pinnacle in their chosen field: the O’Driscolls, Keanes and Agassis of this world. When written well, they provide insight into the single-mindedness that drives the finest athletes to succeed. Sometimes, however, the stories of those who strive for greatness and fall short can be just as compelling. Paul Ferris’s...

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