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The Boy on the Shed

By: Paul Ferris
Narrated by: Ruairi Conaghan
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Summary

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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Different read

I only listened because Paul’s family background sounded interesting. Great narrator and inspiring how paul changed his career choice several times.

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Curly Wurly brilliant

My friend recommended this to me. As a fan of NUFC I was intrigued and gripped from start to finish. Superb insight. Well spoken.

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You don't have to love football!

This book had been on my Wishlist for months. Even when I actually bought it, it took me a while to get round to listening to it. I do try to keep up with what Newcastle United are doing but I'm not a big football fan so I wondered if this book might be too "footbally" for me. But I can honestly say I was hooked after the five minutes. Amazing story, wonderfully written.

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A wonderful read.

I’ve never given a review before but had to when it came to this book… it had me from the first chapter. Loved it and so happy to have had it recommended to me. Well done Paul!

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Inspirational

This is the second book I’ve read written by Mr Ferris. I finished reading magic in the tin which I thoroughly enjoyed, although, it did make me very sad at times because of my own
on going battle with advanced prostate cancer.
Boy on the Shed was inspirational the way Mr Ferris has found the strength to share and overcome many traumas in his life. I’m a Newcastle United fan and a proud Geordie from Irish decent this helped to bring this book into my heart. Thank you Mr Ferris. S.Callaghan

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what a rollercoaster

loved it so evocative and factually enlightening about the highs and lows of a football focused life

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Great Story !!

Enjoyed the whole experience of listening to Paul's inspiring story. The narrator did a great job too

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What a brilliant read/listen

Wow, iv just done the book in a day. Loved it. Funny, sad and honest.

thank you

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Very engaging

As a life long Newcastle fan I found this book really engaging and was in awe at his commitment to the club. It is well read and will keep you entertained.

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Great listen

Very interesting story, well worth a listen. Good luck with the winter Paul. An honest and endearing portrayal.

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You’ll not regret it

Fantastic. Picks up pace as it goes along and gets better and better. Cheers to Paul, his family and the Toon.