Thinking Inside The Box

Thinking Inside The Box

Reflections on Life as a Premier League Footballer

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By Louis Saha

Foreword by Patrice Evra

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ISBN: 9781907637537

Format: Hardback

Pages: 320

Weight: 480grammes

Published: May 2012

'Thinking Inside The Box' is the sensational, thought-provoking book by France and Sunderland football star Louis Saha.

Published in France to widespread acclaim, it gives a unique, footballer's-eye view of life as a Premier League striker - from the glory, the riches and the fast cars to the pressure to win, the agonising injuries and the women who will do anything to bed a footballer!

Saha writes with great insight and humour, drawing on his own experiences - from his childhood in the notorious outer suburbs of Paris to starring for Manchester United in the Premier League and reaching the World Cup with France - and tackles heavyweight issues like racism, inflated player wages and media intrusion head-on.

Packed with insights, anecdotes and perceptive personal reflections, the book also contains the fascinating thoughts of numerous giants of the game who have granted Saha exclusive and incredibly revealing interviews - including a remarkable one to one with Sir Alex Ferguson and quotes from the likes of Zinédine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Phil Neville and many more. There is even a chapter written by Saha's wife, Aurélie, on life as a footballer's wife.

'Thinking Inside The Box' is a truly unique and exceptional football book.

Translated by Georgia De Chamberet.

About the author

Louis Saha currently plays for Sunderland, has represented France 19 times and was part of the 2004 European Championship and 2006 World Cup squads. Former clubs include Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Manchester United, Fulham, Newcastle and Metz. Written without the aid of a ghostwriter, 'Thinking Inside The Box' - first published to critical acclaim in France as 'Du Quartier aux Etoiles' ('From the Neighbourhood to the Stars') - is his first book.

Georgia de Chamberet is a Franco-British editor, translator and occasional reviewer. At the onset of her career, as an editor, she showcased contemporary French writers and won the Independent Award for Foreign Fiction in 1992 for Simon Leys' 'The Death of Napoleon.' She went on to set up the literary agency, BookBlast Limited. She was a founding committee member of English PEN's Writers in Translation programme and is literary executor of the Estate of Lesley Blanch.

Quotes

I wanted to write about what it is really like. How to keep it real and stay sane in the middle of this sporting circus
Louis Saha, April 2012

Saha's work bears little resemblance to the indentikit sports autobiography ... An important contribution to the game
London Evening Standard, April 2012

An extraordinary memoir...Saha writes with unusual frankness, with intelligence and in polished prose
The Sunday Times, April 2012

An intriguing memoir...Saha moves seamlessly between the personal and the political
The Daily Mail, April 2012

Packed with frankness, insight and self-knowledge [...] the book shines with candour, modesty and intelligence
Boyd Tonkin, The Independent, May 2012

Reviews

FourFourTwo

May 2012

Tackles all manner of topics with warmth and humour... A refreshing read ★★★★★

When Saturday Comes

September 2012

'An eclectic book that asks questions while seeking no easy answers'

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