The Boy on the Shed

Narrated by: Ruairi Conaghan
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Shortlisted for the 2018 William Hill Sports Book of the Year  

Today was his first climb to the top. He knew if he was there, watching, then she would never leave him. Her name was Bernadette, and he climbed the shed every day. 

This is a not a football book, as such. Rather, it is a memoir by someone who happened to have superior ability at the sport during his formative years, which led him on a remarkable journey. 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 opens in Lisburn, near Belfast. The Ferris family are Catholics in a predominantly Protestant town at the height of The Troubles. Ferris relives his childhood and teens with brutal candour laced with black humour. The Boy on the Shed is a beautifully written account of a life, but it also lifts the lid on big personalities at Newcastle United. 

©2018 Paul Ferris (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • Chris Prettejohn
  • 12-15-19

Obsession with his Mother

Good audiobook which looked at an injured professional footballer and how he makes his way as part of the physiotherapy team at Newcastle United. Plenty of interesting 'inside' stories including the Ruud Gullit shambles.
Got fed up with the overlong sections about his mother though. His wife gets a couple of sentences of gratitude at the end despite being with him throughout whereas his mother seems to feature in every chapter!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-19

fantastic emotional and funny. great read.

loved the life story of Paul. So much more to his life than I had ever envisaged.

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  • Robin
  • 08-05-19

The Boy On The Shed

The thought I had when I finished this book was.
How could such a clever, resourseful,brave man make so many bad choices in his life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-19

Great Read

A thoroughly enjoyable read. Interesting from start to finish with many twists and turns, ups and downs. Not your normal football autobiography.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-19-19

a great read

a fine line between success and failure, decisions made maps our lives, really enjoyed reading. well done Paul

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-19

“Propa class”!

One of the best books I’ve listened to!

I’m a Newcastle fan! And this book is mint.

Loved the story line.. 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-19

A must read for all sports fans

A great story, I could not stop listening. Hard work and resilience throughout his life, a must read for all sports fans. A great insight into the highs and lows of football. Loved it!!!

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  • Jem G
  • 03-20-19

Moving and beautifully written

I cannot hope to put into words as majestically as Paul Ferris how wonderful this book is. A trip thorough recent history that I have lived through written from the heart. I would recommend this to anyone. For those that might think otherwise it is not a book about football. Enjoy

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  • Nash Hon
  • 02-22-19

Not just a football book

A must read if you're a football fan, it'll give you a wonderful insight into how promising youngsters used to make it or in Paul's case, not make it. His retelling of this sad journey is punctuated with the up and downs at Newcastle throughout the last 30years.
Unlike most football autobiography, Paul's writing dig deeps into his most inner thoughts and feelings and through his retelling, becomes a journey of emotions that we can all relate to regardless of the path we choose. In doing so it becomes a story of love, tragedy and redemption and all against a backdrop of the troubles in N Ireland throughout the 70s to 90s.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-19

What a book !!

This book has it all, if you had downloaded this from the fiction section, you would allow yourself a “don’t be silly this could never happen, its all too Roy of The Rovers” stuff..but it did.
A truly inspirational tale that grips you from the start, and this is down to the way it's written and wonderfully narrated, even the Geordie accents are successfully portrayed. Its not a football book but a story of a life, that as Paul succinctly observes, is because he could play football, better than his mates, and the emotional journey this takes him on. I might have had something in my eye at times

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  • Colin
  • 03-30-18

Amazing story

A heartful true story with a life of ups and downs. A must for football people, especially Toon fans.