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Description - The Boy on the Shed by Paul Ferris

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 begins in Lisburn, near Belfast. The Ferris family are Catholics in a predominantly Protestant town at the height of the 'Troubles'. Neighbours are burnt out of their homes and the kids he is playing football with in the street become violent enemies as soon as the game is over. He re-lives his childhood and teens with brutal candour laced with black humour. Interwoven with the story of Northern Ireland is the love story of Paul and his future wife Geraldine.

One day he was the Next Big Thing, the next he was on the scrapheap. But Paul goes on to discover potential that few, including himself, realised he had. The former shy, bed-wetting teenager goes on to earn a degree, and then a Masters in the 'History of Ideas', before studying Law and becoming a barrister. In most stories that would be the happy-ever-after denouement, but for Paul this is just the beginning of his journey. His burning desire to prove himself in football keeps drawing him back, and twice he returns to Newcastle.

Featuring some of the biggest names in Newcastle football, including Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Bobby Robson, Ruud Gullit and Graeme Souness, Paul paints a vivid portrait of Newcastle as 'a club turned sour' as he seeks the resolution he has been looking for.

THE BOY ON THE SHED is a moving, well-written account of a life, as well as lifting the lid on some of the biggest names in football.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781473666702
ISBN-10: 1473666708
Format: Hardback
(238mm x 160mm x 34mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paul Ferris

Paul Ferris was a teenage prodigy, becoming Newcastle United's youngest-ever player in 1982, only for injury to ensure his promise went unfulfilled. He later returned to the club as a physiotherapist before earning a Master's degree and beginning a successful quest to qualify as a barrister. But the lure of football was always strong and he went back for a third spell at Newcastle, as Head of the Medical Department, again working closely with a host of big-name players and managers. Paul also became a novelist and now runs a successful health and fitness business.

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