• The Boy on the Shed

  • By: Paul Ferris
  • Narrated by: Ruairi Conaghan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-22-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Gary Watts on 07-18-18

Brilliant and funny book

Brilliant and funny book, Paul tells his honest story about growing up as a boy in Northern Ireland in the 70s and then going on to playing for Newcastle United. Such great stories from such an interesting man who has seen and battled adversity so many times. Listened to book and thought the accents were spot on and made me laugh, which really brought the book to life. Didn't know much about Paul - but he's now a legend. Best book I've read/listened to this year. Thanks

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-26-18

Highly recommended

I've read a lot of autobiographies from arguably 'bigger' names, however this is one of the best.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 03-30-18

Amazing story

A heartful true story with a life of ups and downs. A must for football people, especially Toon fans.

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