Shearer Wonderland: Duncan Shearer: The Autobiography

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Duncan Shearer's incredible rise from non-league football to the international stage was a football fairytale. But away from football he's also had his share of personal tragedy. Shearer Wonderland now tells the inside story of his remarkable life and career. Discover how he missed out on the chance to play for Alex Ferguson's legendary Aberdeen side when he was a teenager; how he got an unlikely but amazing move to Chelsea; why he moved to Swindon Town and what life was like under Lou Macari and Ossie Ardiles; and how he got his dream move to Willie Miller's Aberdeen by way of a very short detour at Kenny Dalglish's big spending Blackburn Rovers. There's also the financial irregularities scandal at Swindon, the personal tragedies of his brother's near-fatal accident and the tragic death of his mother. For the first time, Duncan Shearer now tells his side of the story of his turbulent management career with Steve Paterson and how Paterson's demons - as he battled with drink and gambling problems - brought to an end Duncan's dream job at Pittodrie. Shearer Wonderland is a no-holds-barred insight into the life of one of football's most respected goalscorers and a must-read for fans everywhere.
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Black & White Publishing
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Oct 5, 2011
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Sports & Recreation / Soccer
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Told as only the man himself could tell it, featuring stories of friendships and feuds with the biggest names in the sport, I Am Zlatan is a wrenching, uproarious, and ultimately redemptive tale for underdogs everywhere.

Praise for I Am Zlatan

“Terrific . . . Far more insightful than your typical jock memoir, Ibra’s book tells his story of growing up as the son of immigrants in Sweden and pulls no punches when it comes to his opinions of some of the biggest names in the game.”—Sports Illustrated

“The most compelling autobiography ever to appear under a footballer’s name.”—The Guardian
“The story of Zlatan—from his days as an immigrant kid juggling a soccer ball so he won’t get bullied to his emergence as the genius player who scored the greatest goal ever—is as compelling and fancy-footed as his game.”—Aleksandar Hemon, National Book Award finalist and author of The Lazarus Project

“I love this book. I love it because it’s so much bigger than soccer. I Am Zlatan is a story of hope and grit and what an immigrant kid who comes from nothing can accomplish with hard work and belief in himself. It’s also a beautiful window into our new, more open, more diverse world.”—Marcus Samuelsson, bestselling author of Yes, Chef
“Probably the bestselling European immigrant’s tale since Zadie Smith’s White Teeth . . . Once you get past the obligatory snigger prompted by the phrase ‘footballer’s autobiography,’ you can see that Zlatan’s book strangely resembles an earlier immigrant’s tale: Portnoy’s Complaint.”—Financial Times

“He is skillful. He is outspoken. He is Zlatan.”—The New York Times
“The best sports autobiography in years.”—PolicyMic

From the Trade Paperback edition.
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