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3 octobre 2005
Paula Radcliffe has managed to be both very successful in her field and incredibly popular with the Great British Public. She was the underdog for so long -- narrowly missing out on medals in the 1999 World Championships and the 2000 Sydney Olympics -- that fans longed to see her win. Paula's rosy manner hides a tough resolve to succeed and in 2002 her luck began to turn. She won gold medals at both the Commonwealth and European championships and started to grab the headlines, bringing Britain's focus back to athletics.
Paula's bravery is not limited to the track, however. She has become a passionate spokesperson against drug cheats and, inspired by her own battle with the condition, she is widely admired for her patronage of asthma charities. And even though Athens in 2004 proved to be more Greek tragedy than triumph, her popularity remains undimmed. Her remarkable life story of highs and lows is fully chronicled in this fascinating and inspiring autobiography.

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Times 13/11
' The greatest distance runner of her time . . . The book is about the fierce and bloody effort of winning. The toothy grin and the draped flag may say Our Paula, but the vastus medialis says something quite different’
Bryan Appleyard, SUNDAY TIMES
'Paula's highs and lows in the gruelling world of long-distance running makes for a fascinating read' SUN
'So why exactly did our Paula stop running and sit tearfully on an Athens pavement? There were plenty of extenuating circumstances. She had suffered a leg injury shortly before the Olympics and anti-inflammatory medicines had affected her digestion. Determined to run, but afraid, she was highly stressed. Such explanations are not excuses, for she remains almost as bewildered as she was when she stopped. Indeed, the most plausible reason she gives is that although her mind was willing, her body just rebelled. It seems sad that someone who insists she runs for the joy of is should have driven her body beyond the limit. "Athens was devasting," she writes "but I will get over it and move on." She already has.' SUNDAY TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR
'Paula Radcliffe is held in great affection by the British public. Her name is synonymous with grit and honest determination , and her many thwarted attempts at the highest prizes in her sport have compounded the interest taken in her fortunes . . . Cheerful, frank and interesting on the pressured life of a professional of athlete. Paula comes across in print as per her reputation: determined, charming and thoughtful’
Matthew Alexander, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
PAULA: My Story So Far by Paula Jane Tomlinson, Woman of the Year
“I would most like to receive Paula Radcliffe’s autobiography” Jane Tomlinson
Sunday Express 5/12
‘But though her failures will be remembered, they will not define her career, and they do not detract from the pleasures of this book. Unassuming yet inspirational, like the woman herself, PAULA is shot through with the staggering single-mindedness and determination that has produced so many wins and records'
'Disarmingly frank' Simon Turnbull, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
‘No story that came out of that heady fortnight in August was better than Paula Radcliffe's . . . It's our knowledge of [Paula's failures] that lends pathos to the expert telling of Radcliffe's life and career, for which ghostwriter David Walsh must take a lot of credit . . . In book terms, what happened to Radcliffe was the next best thing to becoming Olympic champion. This is a terrific read – full of nice human touches from someone whose place in the public’s heart was certainly not affected by Athens…the book is now the fastest seller in the sports list’ Simon O'Hagan, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
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Athletics, Mike Rowbottam
'Paula Radcliffe's roller coaster year had one loop remaining by the time she finished her autobiography, My Story So Far - a victory in the New York marathon which tipped her fortunes upright again after the trauma of grinding to a halt in the Olympic marathon. This book is as thorough an account of a life admirably led as one might expect from the most thorough of athletes. No doubt the plan was to bring it out with a final chapter on her long-awaited triumph in Athens - as it was, the last part of the book describes the crushing disappointment of what she describes as the biggest failure of her career.
In the wake of Athens, Radcliffe analysed what went wrong to the point where she was lying awake at nights in anger and frustration, and if there is an obsessive feel to her conclusions, there is also a glimpse into the mind of a woman whose dedication has taken her to the very peak of her sport.
The book is enriched by the regular interpolations of Radcliffe's husband and manager; Gary Lough. Some observers of the sport have criticised the intensity of this relationship, and Lough himself acknowledges that the strength of his commitment to his wife's success has sometimes been counter-productive. But what comes through from his comments is a fierce love and admiration for the woman who is still generally regarded as the finest female distance runner in the world' INDEPENDENT
'Honest, gritty and full of incident . . . there are some delightful stories . . . there are some valuable lessons too . . . frighteningly impressive . . . the book is still inspirational stuff. How she overcame so many hurdles and disapointing performances is hugely motivational. . . David Walsh of the SUNDAY TIMES did an excellent job . . . an essential read that should be on every athlete's Christmas wish list. . . very interesting' Jason Henderson, ATHLETICS WEEKLY
‘Paula Radcliffe’s capitulation in the marathon remains one of the most enduring images of the Athens Games and her memoir gets to the heart of that calamity’
‘She is one of Britain’s greatest-ever athletes and deserves to be celebrated as such’
Sunday Times 13/11

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  • Broché: 400 pages
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster; Édition : New edition (3 octobre 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 074347869X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743478694
  • Dimensions du produit: 20 x 13,1 x 3,1 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Très intéressant 24 juillet 2007
Par Mathilde
Cette autobiographie est vraiment très bien. Elle a été mise à jour après la déconvenue des JO d'Athènes et le titre mondial remporté à Helsinki. Paula Radcliffe s'y livre et y retrace son parcours. A lire.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring - and honest 25 mars 2007
Par Scott Goodale - Publié sur
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Being a runner, I love reading about runners, and their stories. Paula Radcliffe comes across in this book with frank honesty. She doesn't sugarcoat it, and tells it straight. She comes across confident, but human, like just another person. Granted, she is an elite athlete that has accomplished much in her life, but unlike some autobiographies, she doesn't sit there and tell you how great she is.

I learned a lot about Radcliffe herself in the book, along with a lot of interesting things about running, injuries, dealing with injuries, the triumph of her victories, the agony of her defeats, her drive to always give it her all, and that she is quite funny at times throughout the book.

Also, for those of you that don't know, she is asthmatic and if you know someone that has asthma and struggles with it, get them a copy of this book. It will inspire them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Real Experience of Running 24 juin 2006
Par David Hood - Publié sur
This book really starts in Chapter 4 for the running enthusiast. The first three chapters provide an insight into Paula Radcliffe's childhood. The final 17 chapters provide indepth descriptions of the motivation, injury, pain, perseverance and acheivement of a deicated runner. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the emotional, psychological and physical characteristics of a serious and successful athlete.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring book 17 septembre 2008
Par P. Garland - Publié sur
This book starts off a little slow in that Paula's initial thoughts seem to jump around a bit in the first chapter. She seems compelled to defend herself right off the bat regarding her 2004 Olympics performance, which is a shame, because she is truly the world's best female marathoner. Once past the introduction, the book progresses in a more organized fashion that is easier to follow. I loved reading Paula's insights into her performances. She lays it all out there and her determination and grit are pure and uncensored. Paula is an incredible athlete and her talent and will to win are amazing. I was very inspired as a runner myself and admire Paula all the more after reading her story. Looking forward to more from her in the future.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Personal Book by A Runner with Great Achievements zand Some Hard Luck 6 septembre 2009
Par Daniel Hurley - Publié sur
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Radcliff writes a very personal book that provides a profile of her life, growing up to her early success as a gifted athlete all the way through her international success, her amazing world record in the marathon and hard luck with injuries and illness that harpooned her Olympics. Radcliff discusses it all in a rather forward, yet reasonably tempered descriptions of her feelings and perspectives on situations, her relationship with her running/managing husband, her race preparations, training locations around the world, her extensive medical regimen, the of course great descriptions of her races. The description of the races starts with broad descriptions of her training, pre-race strategies and physical preparation. It is quite startling to read of her numerous injuries, hard luck and illnesses particularly intestinal that, in the case of the Athens Olympics destroys her Olympic dream. By reading of her sense of loss and after the criticism she received after Athens, you can understand why she continued to run in Bejing 2008 even though she should have dropped out due to injuries. Her openness in her set backs, injuries illness and victories such as her amazing 2:15 marathon record are very down to earth and pleasant to read. You have the feeling that she can relate virtually to all runners as she faces similar hard luck, as all runners do. An example, she receives severe injuries after being hit by a bicyclist. The book is of particular interest for the female athlete as some of her challenges are uniquely female. Radcliff reminds me of the great Ron Clarke who set so many records like Radcliff and both found challenges at the Olympics that were beyond their control. Like Clarke, Radcliff is an admirable individual and an amazing athlete. Note, "My Life so far", runs up to the 2005 world championships.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing book, amazing person 2 décembre 2009
Par Jasmine Smith - Publié sur
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Paula is a living legend, and in this book we get to hear, in her own words, details about her personal life, but more interestingly, her professional training life. She goes into detail on her significant injuries over the years, and how she's worked thru them. She details her significant races (from childhood up thru a little thing called SETTING A NEW WORLD MARATHON RECORD!!!). Being a female marathoner myself, I found this book AMAZING! I've only had it for a few months and already read it twice. Thanks Paula!!!
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