Full Time: The Secret Life of Tony Cascarino

by Paul Kimmage | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1903650135 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 3/18/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, March 18, 2004
I picked this up at a new Oxfam bookshop in Woodbridge yesterday, reading now... I wouldn't normally touch a footballers biog with a large blunt crayon, but TC is co-host on a radio programme I listen to, so i'm interested in his story. The blurb offers a quote from the Guardian - "Compared with the standard-issue footballer's autobiography, this is Tolstoy."

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Not quite Tolstoy, this is about as far away from good literature as Carlisle are from the European Champions league! I’m sure this quote meant to be ironic ;-) But this *is* a very, very honest memoir from Tony Cascarino, ghost-written by Paul Kimmage. My paperback copy has an Ireland Subbuteo player on the cover, which is how I came across the streaker, looking for an image for this review journal – well that’s my excuse anyway! In this book though, TC does ‘expose’ himself in all the important senses of the word! He tells us about the gambling & drinking culture in football, and other temptations of living a fast & loose pop-star lifestyle (very much in the public domain now, not a great deal that’s new here). But, we also see the more personal side of TC’s life; the lying & cheating, constant battles with fitness, diet and demons of confidence & inadequacy, and the sheer terror at the prospect of giving up the beautiful game. The book is written as a series of flashbacks, picking out significant football and other life-events in the rise and fall of a ‘joe-normal’ footy player – I must admit to not knowing anything about him (except from Talk Sport) before I read this, although that didn’t detract from my enjoying it – but, TC is much more complicated than that. The book is redeemed for me by the more unexpected glimpses of a bullying father, early jobs in the real world, and doubts about his claim even to call himself a ‘plastic paddy’. I finished this book having a slightly higher regard for TC as a footballer and a person (but only just). However, I have a nagging concern that I don’t want icons & highly paid sportsman to be so flawed – maybe i’m just a jealous wage slave though! Rating 7 for a football fan, 5 if you are not

Journal Entry 3 by BookGroupMan at on Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Released on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at to another bookcrosser in n/a, n/a Controlled Releases.

Passed on to Gooner at the unofficial Ely meet-up today

Journal Entry 4 by Gooner from March, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Thanks to BookGroupMan for bringing this one along today, with me in mind.

Journal Entry 5 by Gooner at Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, May 12, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (5/12/2012 UTC) at Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom


Released at CoffeeLink at BC meet-up

Journal Entry 6 by BooksNBytes at Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Thursday, November 08, 2012
Picked this book up at Caffe Nero in Ipswich in June 2012. A cracking read.

Sent to my brother-in-law in Canada on 8th November 2012.

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