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.
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By DG Wilmont on 17-08-18
A fantastic and fascinating listen, a story that pulls at the heart strings but brings hope to the darkest depths. It is a tough listen at times but the story is as real and honest as the person telling it. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen and the journey Paul took us on.
By Gary Watts on 18-07-18
Brilliant and funny book
Brilliant and funny book, Paul tells his honest story about growing up as a boy in Northern Ireland in the 70s and then going on to playing for Newcastle United. Such great stories from such an interesting man who has seen and battled adversity so many times. Listened to book and thought the accents were spot on and made me laugh, which really brought the book to life. Didn't know much about Paul - but he's now a legend. Best book I've read/listened to this year. Thanks