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Publisher's Summary

Kieron Dyer's memoir, Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late, is the first intimate and unsparing portrait of the failures and excesses of the generation of English footballers made rich beyond their wildest dreams by the post-1990 World Cup boom in the game and the explosion of the Premier League. It shares the same brutal honesty and self-awareness of the best-selling No Nonsense by Joey Barton and GoodFella by Craig Bellamy.

In the public mind, Kieron Dyer came to symbolise so much of what was self-destructive about a group of football players known collectively as the 'Baby Bentley generation'. Nicknamed 'The King of Bling' by the tabloid press, Dyer was caught up in many of the scandals that characterised the history of a talented crop of players who promised so much and delivered so little, a generation whose wages and lavish lifestyles began to alienate them from the fans who once worshipped them.

The brash young man is gone now, and in his place is the quiet, caring, wise man who was such a favourite on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! in 2015. Dyer narrates, in uncompromising detail, how a generation of talented English footballers, taken out of working class childhoods and presented with a world of glitz, glamour, wealth and temptation, failed to cope with the riches that were presented to them and often fell apart.

Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late is about a moment in time, a social and historical record of English football at the start of its gold rush. For Dyer, the end of the book brings a measure of personal redemption and peace, but for the English game, there is only a lingering sense of waste and regret for an opportunity lost.

©2018 Kieron Dyer and Oliver Holt (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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  • Mr. R. Hunter
  • 09-23-18

One of the best football autobiographies

An honest look at the life of a much misunderstood player. Excellent narration and one of the best i've listened to in terms of revealing what it's really like to be a footballet.

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  • martin egbuawa
  • 06-17-18

Smashing

Brilliant book. Came across as sad at times and most of the time smashing. Absolutely loved it and finished it in 2 days.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-18

Amazinv

definitely a brilliant read and well worth getting. only negative was the voicing was kieran dyer himself which is of thought would havr been better. but none the less worth reading

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  • mr j.chidgey
  • 06-05-18

Excellent insight

Great story, truly believe he could of been in Gerrard/Lampard/Ferdinand category if was more focused

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  • Ravi
  • 05-18-18

Great listen

loved most of it. I think it's quite well presented, pretty honest with a few life lessons. overall I give it 8/10.

Another one in my brain in my collection of football autobiographies.

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  • magicmanSD
  • 05-17-18

Decent autobiography

Honest and frank, pleased to have got through it, very well narrated, Kieron comes across as a decent enough bloke these days

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  • louise long
  • 03-27-18

Excellent Read

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If I tell you it would spoil it for anyone else wanting to read it. But its worth the read

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Excellent audible, worth a listen for those who know about Keirons struggles

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  • Paul Lees
  • 03-15-18

Great Listen

I loved this. Always came across as a bit of a rebel.

Sad about his abuse in his early childhood.

I’d recommend this book.

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  • kathryn h.
  • 03-15-18

Superb

True to Kieron’s thinking I thought he was an idiot. I thought he was an injury prone waste of talent and a bit of a mercenary. My outlook on this and my opinion of the press and media has shifted reading this. Oliver Holt must take some credit too although I am not generally a fan of his press work. A brave book with some real revelations and insight. Not just a collection of funny anecdotes or a straightforward biog. I would urge every football fan around in the times of the “Golden Generation” to read or listen to this. My opinion of KD shifted towards the positive on I’m a Celebrity but this is brilliant. Thank you for your honesty Kieron. I wish you and your family a happy and bright future. From an LFC fan. YNWA.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-18

Gripping

Absolutely loved it. Great read but very emotional at times... didn't really want it to end

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  • P Drac
  • 04-18-18

I absolutely loved this book!

I was always Kieron Dyer fan from his playing days at Newcastle. I remembered him as a player of immense ability that just disappeared. This was an incredible insight into his life not only as a player but as a man. What a courageous person he is to share some of these personal challenges. I am a bigger fan than ever now!