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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (52 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Lake Narrator: Paul Lake Publisher: Random House Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Paul Lake was Manchester born, a City fan from birth. His footballing talent was spotted at a young age and, in 1983, he signed coveted schoolboy forms for City. Only a short time later he was handed the team captaincy. An international career soon beckoned and, after turning out for the England under-21 and B teams, he received a call-up to the England training camp for Italia '90. Despite missing out on a place in the final squad, he suitably impressed the management, with Bobby Robson earmarking him as an England captain in the making. As a rising star Paul became a target for top clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool, but he always stayed loyal to his beloved club, deeming Maine Road the spiritual home at which his destiny lay.

But then, In September 1990, disaster struck. Paul ruptured his cruciate ligament and sustained the worst possible injury that a footballer can suffer. And so began his nightmare. Neglected, ignored and misunderstood by his club after a succession of failed operations, Paul's career began to fall apart. Watching from the side-lines as similarly injured players regained their fitness; he spiralled into a prolonged bout of severe depression. With an enforced retirement from the game he adored, the death of his father, and the collapse of his marriage, Paul was left a broken man.

Set against a turning point in English football, I'm Not Really Here is the powerful story of love and loss and the cruel, irreparable damage of injury; of determination, spirit and resilience, and of unfulfilled potential and broken dreams.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kyle Lewis | 10/29/2013

    " I am a City fan so could connect with parts of this book really well, it had me addicted! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Col Todd | 8/8/2013

    " For once a brilliant football autobiography "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom Bates | 7/16/2013

    " Best sports book I've ever read, if a little on the sad side. From the era when I first started watching football, early 90's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul | 10/6/2012

    " My response is a little slanted as I love the bloke but a pretty good autobiography of the life of an injured footballer and some insight into how Man City was run in the bad old days. Worth a read if you like this genre whilst sjitting by the pool. "

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