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Kieron Dyer's memoir, Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late, is the first intimate and unsparing portrait of the failures and excesses of the generation of English footballers made rich beyond their wildest dreams by the post-1990 World Cup boom in the game and the explosion of the Premier League. It shares the same brutal honesty and self-awareness of the best-selling No Nonsense by Joey Barton and GoodFella by Craig Bellamy.
In the public mind, Kieron Dyer came to symbolise so much of what was self-destructive about a group of football players known collectively as the 'Baby Bentley generation'. Nicknamed 'The King of Bling' by the tabloid press, Dyer was caught up in many of the scandals that characterised the history of a talented crop of players who promised so much and delivered so little, a generation whose wages and lavish lifestyles began to alienate them from the fans who once worshipped them.
The brash young man is gone now, and in his place is the quiet, caring, wise man who was such a favourite on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! in 2015. Dyer narrates, in uncompromising detail, how a generation of talented English footballers, taken out of working class childhoods and presented with a world of glitz, glamour, wealth and temptation, failed to cope with the riches that were presented to them and often fell apart.
Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late is about a moment in time, a social and historical record of English football at the start of its gold rush. For Dyer, the end of the book brings a measure of personal redemption and peace, but for the English game, there is only a lingering sense of waste and regret for an opportunity lost.
©2018 Kieron Dyer and Oliver Holt (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd
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By martin egbuawa on 06-17-18

Smashing

Brilliant book. Came across as sad at times and most of the time smashing. Absolutely loved it and finished it in 2 days.

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By Amazon Customer on 06-10-18

Amazinv

definitely a brilliant read and well worth getting. only negative was the voicing was kieran dyer himself which is of thought would havr been better. but none the less worth reading

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By P Drac on 04-18-18

I absolutely loved this book!

I was always Kieron Dyer fan from his playing days at Newcastle. I remembered him as a player of immense ability that just disappeared. This was an incredible insight into his life not only as a player but as a man. What a courageous person he is to share some of these personal challenges. I am a bigger fan than ever now!

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