No Nonsense: The Autobiography (Paperback)Joey Barton (author)
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Let’s be honest, we all think we know Joey Barton (ironic really because if you did you’d actually call him Joe or Joseph). His domination of front and back pages (even since this book’s publication) has created a caricature of a footballer that splits the game. Love him or hate him, though, there is no getting away from the fact that this was the best football autobiography of 2016. Honest, brutal and brilliantly co-authored by Michael Calvin, No Nonsense reaches heights very few other footballers’ life stories can hope to aim for.
From Barton’s childhood on the unforgiving estate he called home to the controversy he has courted throughout his top flight career, this book never shies from the truth. The violence, which Barton accepts is an issue he has struggled to deal with, fractures the story with a visceral power which is, at times, shocking. His father coaching him, as a young boy, how to fight a bigger man sticks in the mind.Barton speaks candidly of those he has worked for and with, pulling no literary punches in his assassinations of character strengths and flaws. Equally he is not shy of praising players, managers and coaches he admires. One often feels that football biographies are hiding the real footballer. This isn’t the case with No Nonsense and the book is much the better for the honesty on which it is founded. A brilliant book.
'Compelling' - Donald McRae, Guardian
'...brilliant, gripping, beautifully written, real,' - Jonathan Northcroft
'Brilliant' - Matt Lawton, Daily Mail
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 23 mm
'The book is brilliant and in many ways as No Nonsense as the title claims' -- Matt Lawton * Daily Mail *
'Frequently jaw-dropping' -- Matt Dickinson * The Times *
'Brilliant, gripping, beautifully written, real' -- Jonathan Northcroft
'Powerful story...It is superbly written...What makes Barton's book engaging is the candour with which he describes his personal crusade against the demons of violence in his nature and the revelation of inside track details' * Daily Express *
`...this tale of a council estate "scally" (his word) made good through grit, determination and the learning from setbacks is far more than a football book' * The i *
`Book of revelations: No Nonsense is, to all intents and purposes, Joey Barton: The Director's Cut. Unshackled from the limitations of Twitter's 140 characters, expanded and coloured in with the help of an articulate ghost writer, Michael Calvin. Together they lay waste to the "superficial bollocks" of the modern game' * When Saturday Comes *
`This is a terrific book, one of the best I've read. There aren't many I've read and finished and thought damn I've finished. This is one of them' * Sportnetwork.net *
`One of the most remarkable and candid sports books of the year' -- Terry Staunton * When Saturday Comes *
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