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Gazza: My Story

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  810 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Almost as soon as Gazza burst on to the scene at Newcastle United, the young Geordie was the centre of attention: Vinnie Jones's notorious ball-handling showed the lengths people would go to try to stop him. Then, with England on the verge of possibly reaching the World Cup final in 1990, came Gazza's tears - the moment that brought a whole new audience to the sport and he ...more
Paperback, 536 pages
Published June 6th 2005 by Headline (first published 2004)
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Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it

Quite haunting really, to read here how Glenn Hoddle, then England Manager, excluded Paul Gascoigne from the 1998 World Cup finals. Gazza goes into a destructive frenzy, rage and Hoddle says: "The thing is, Gazza, your head is not right". Yet Hoddle and Gazza were birds of the same feather as far as football is concerned; both of them (from slightly different eras) were superb on the pitch with their pin-point passing and devastating free kicks. Alas both of them hardly fulfilled their potential
It made me laugh about (not with/i>) him.
At times I felt sorry for him, because he is an idiot.
Chris Morgan
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simply the best bio I've ever read, funny, honest, sad, revealing & highly entertaining.
If you know gazza, you'll know that he is full of stories from the football world.
One of my all time favourite books
Highly recommended
Dane Cobain
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
He’s the footballer we love to hate to love – Paul Gascoigne, one of the original ‘bad boys‘ of football, a man who’s faced many of the same struggles as George Best. His bestselling autobiography covers everything you’d expect, from his early career to his downfall at the hands of drink and drugs.

In fact, My Story leaves off before the modern day, which can only be a blessing – since its publication, the ex-footballer has been dismissed from his managerial post at Kettering Town and been in tro
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book was really hard to rate. Yes, it looks honest, and you can't help but appreciate the candour. However, you also can't help but loathe certain personality traits that Gazza exudes in his writings.

I liked that the book reads like he's actually talking to you. I read it all in his voice. In the first half, you may shake your head and despair for the chirpy, child-like prankster, and it may seem like he hasn't yet outgrown high school, but it's hard to get through that part of the book wi
Steven Scaffardi
At a time when English football fans can only look on with envy at the types of players the rest of the world seem to be able to produce, I decided to pick up a copy of Gazza: My Story and wonder what just might have been.

The result was far more frustrating than enjoyable as I found myself shaking my head like a disappointed father more times than laughing at the ridiculous situations Gazza got himself into during a playing career which was wrecked by injury and self destruction.

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Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book Gazza. I have read many biographies and I really enjoyed this one. Gazza should have been protected. What a fantastic player. Sadly mixed up though. Gazza was one of a kind.🐯👍
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
i loved this. so honestly written and hilarious at times and sad at times also. for me the greatest attacking footballer from England in the last 30 years. name me another? the book talks about his problems with drink and depression but also hilariously talks about all the brilliant pranks he pulled (although i would never eat a mince pie from him if he offered me one ;) very endearing and if its true what he wrote about giving all those cars and houses away to his nearest and dearest to the poi ...more
James Holloway
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
Gazza is a tough read... while detailing his football career, Paul Gascoigne describes in great detail the battles he fought (with himself) dealing with alcoholism, drugs, paranoi, OCD, probably even ADHD (although) it's not defined as such. Paul's writer, Hunter Davies, allows Paul to spend too much time on these subjects, the negative aspects, that it is hard to believe Gascoigne when he says he is happy. However, I think it is an important read, as there are several people in the world fighti ...more
Karen Osment
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book as a Gazza fan and football fan of the 90s. It brought back some lovely memories of the World Cup 90 and Euro 96 and there are some interesting insights to what really happens to a footballer and what the public are told! Although it felt quite rushed over certain eras and I'm not sure he has been totally open and honest about his troubles along the way, I'm sure he was papering over the cracks. Its also sad that it finished 9 years ago with him clean, sober and optimistic fo ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading this has made me glad I have no exceptional skills! It is written as though he is just talking and seems quite honest though he does attempt to address some of the "lies" the press have written about him and it just made me wonder more than ever what's true and what's not. Feel really sorry for the guy, alcohol is a terrible addiction, but I think this book made clear he has had mental health issues throughout his life and his current condition seemed inevitable. The book is gripping and ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Full and frank account of Gazza's life, which leaves you feeling bitterly disappointed, for what this man could have done had it not been for the demon dribk. The book is well written and keeps things relevant and interesting, some times these biographies harp on about nonsense for no reason. To say its a must for any football fan goes without saying, but I believe non football fans would enjoy this.
Joe Holden
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Honest and funny account of his life. I found the book hilarious and although others are saying they were frustrated with Gazzas antics, I don't think you should have a view other than the fact every genius has a touch of madness and without it they would never have been the genius we were undoubtedly reading about in the first place.
Jamie Owens
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic autobiography this. I finished this in less than 2 days and just could not put it down. funny, happy, sad, depressing, calm, it has everything. Highly highly recommended if your a fan of Gazza
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this about 5 years ago. Its a shame where his life has gone but that's what happens when you marry the wrong woman and get taken to the cleaners. Its a great read about a gifted but flawed genius and a legend of english football.
Bjorn Hardarson
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read George Best and now Gazza, it is so depressing seeing such talent as Gazza and George Best ruin their live and success with alcohol.
it is not a motivational book rather something to help you watch out what might happen during success
Tim Evans
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written before recent problems, it's now somewhat tragic reading Gazza telling us how he's going to be ok. Great stories about his glory days for Spurs and England. Tinged with sadness throughout though.
Ashutosh Shrestha
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One the best autobiography. The honesty with he describes the most embarrassing things is exceptional. Most books I read only good things this has all the bad things and truth. Worth a read to every football fan.
Mar 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Any football fan of my generation should have a browse of this if you have a free wet weekend...
3 to 3.5 stars.

This is a book that gets better with every page you read. A fairly decent read about one of the most controversial & talked-about English footballers in recent times. Recommended.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very entretaining to read, the life of a crazy boy....
Ravishankar Kulkarni
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: football, non-fiction
Absolutely hilarious at times!! loved it!!
Sally Leggett
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I ended up wanting to mother him, hes such a lost cause, like a little boy lost really
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read.... a talented footballer loses his way in life.
Chris Harrison
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Gazza, funny in parts, sad in parts...I've read better but worth a look at
Bill McFadyen
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
So much has been written about Paul Gascoigne over the last thirty years - this volume updated in 2005 and written by Hunter Davies runs over the usual football tales. Growing up , japes and games but also gives an insight into the demons that have surrounded Gazza - drink , drugs and depression - poor life choices - his relationship with his wife being a story of sadness and gold digging.
I have little sympathy left for Paul , the support shown by many over the years has been poorly used in his
Steve Wright
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a fellow Geordie and Newcastle United fan I was keen to read this book as it had come recommended by a friend. I found it gripping, funny in places and really sad as well. Paul has been through the mill and back and is still here to tell the tale. This shows the strength he has and determination when he sets his mind to things.
I would definitely recommend this book. One of the best autobiographies I have read.
Craig Jackson
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craig-s
Superb read.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Gazza is mental
Richard Copley
Oct 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Possible the worse autobiography I have read. Actually it is. Gazza in denial about booze and always the victim. Reading this book, if you see further than his side of the story will reveal that he would still be the mess he is today. Shame as he had a unique talent but the immaturity shone through in this book making it a book I just wanted out of the way in the end.
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Paul John Gascoigne

nicknamed Gazza, is a former England international footballer.

Playing as a midfielder, he began his professional career with local club Newcastle United in 1985. Three years later he was sold on to Tottenham Hotspur for a £2 million fee. He won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991, before he was sold to Italian club Lazio for £5.5 million the following year. In July 1995, he was transf