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Back From the Brink: The Autobiography

by Paul McGrath

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Highly emotional, raw, brutally honest and at times darkly humorous this is a fascinating autobiography. I have always considered McGrath the best Irish soccer player from the golden generation and was aware of some of the tragedies of his upbringing and life. It is all lade bare here together with the viewpoints of his peers and family. We should be thankful that we have a better understanding of how to deal with both depression and alcoholism in the present decade. ( )
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This book describes the extraordinary life story of the Irish international soccer player Paul McGrath. It describes his tragic upbringing in a Dublin orphanage and how he managed to overcome these obstacles to become one of the most widely respected and admired footballers in the English Premier League.

Unfortunately for him it also charts how the internal demons from his upbringing caused him to bring him to the brink of ruin through alcoholism.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 009949955X, Mass Market Paperback)

Paul McGrath is Ireland’s best loved sportsman and also its least understood. An iconic football presence during a professional career stretching over 14 years, he played for his country in the European Championship finals of 1988 and the World Cup finals of 1990 and 1994. But, behind the implied glamour of life in the employ of great English clubs like Manchester United and Aston Villa, McGrath wrestled with a range of destructive emotions that made his success in the game little short of miraculous.

It is not just a football story. It is an extraordinary human story that is certain to surprise with its candour.

It may well be the most candid sports book ever written.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:53 -0400)

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Paul McGrath is one of Ireland's best loved footballers. But behind the glamour of life in great clubs, McGrath wrestled with a range of destructive emotions. This is a story that runs from a childhood spent in Dublin's orphanages to the pain of two marriage break-ups and alienation from his children.… (more)

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