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Thierry Henry Lonely at the Top A Biography ❮PDF❯ ✐ Thierry Henry Lonely at the Top A Biography Author Philippe Auclair – Thomashillier.co.uk The definitive biography of the Arsenal France and Barcelona legend Thierry Henry – gifted charismatic and a world class footballer of the highest order – has passed into Arsenal legend as the her The definitive biography of the Arsenal Lonely at PDF/EPUB Â France and Barcelona legend Thierry Henry – gifted charismatic and a world class footballer of the highest order – Thierry Henry PDF \ has passed into Arsenal legend as the hero of Arsene Wenger's killer team that finally ended Manchester United's domination winning two league titles and three FA Henry Lonely at Epub Ù cups He was also instrumental in France's World Cup and European Cup glories in and and continued his incredibly successful career at Barcelona by Henry Lonely at the Top PDF \ winning the treble in his first season But now in the autumn of his career Thierry's crown has slipped – playing out his days in an obscure American team and disgracing himself and his team at a dismal World Cup So who is the real Thierry Henry Drawing from countless interviews as well as his own observations over Henry's entire career award winning author Philippe Auclair has produced the most complete portrait of the Arsenal hero ever to be written With exclusive access to Henry's inner circle Auclair has reached this most elusive and closed of footballers to produce a biography as raw shocking and thought provoking as it is celebratory of Henry's outstanding flair and talent.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 352 pages
  • Thierry Henry Lonely at the Top A Biography
  • Philippe Auclair
  • English
  • 28 March 2016

10 thoughts on “Thierry Henry Lonely at the Top A Biography

  1. Jon Arnold Jon Arnold says:

    I’m not sure whether the French have a different approach to biography than the British or whether Phillipe Auclair’s style of footballing biography is uniue Auclair’s English language books have dealt exclusively with football portraits of his two most successful countrymen to play in England His first book on Cantona was a masterpiece of the genre seeking to understand his subject rather than offer a simple overview of his career to date Auclair’s book opened a whole new dimension of appreciation; it had the form of a sports biography a huge selling but seemingly universally derided form and weaved literature art and sport together into a dazzling tapestry Cantona’s life ended up being merely the shape of the book – this was a character study disguised as biography The logical follow up was the other Frenchman who came to define his era in the Premier League Arsenal’s avatar of grace and speed of thought I confess that I still regard Henry as the best Premier League player I saw live His game didn’t have the needy desperation that often marred Ronaldo and Gerrard’s play and it had infinitely grace than the forceful likes of Drogba or Rooney He made brilliance seem effortless a flawless footballing machine Auclair’s work makes it clear that the effortlessness was an illusion that beautiful as it could be to witness Henry sweated hard to achieve that effect Amidst what’s a football aesthete’s dream of a book it strikes a prosaic though true note and it’s to Auclair’s credit that it feels perfectly in keeping With the surface nature of much football coverage and Henry’s diffidence we never actually understood Henry as well as we thought we didAgain as with the Cantona book the career merely shapes the story it’s not the essence of it As with Dennis Bergkamp’s biography much of the meat here is his career defining spell at Arsenal These books along with Amy Lawrence’s 'Invincibles' show Wenger’s imperial phase roughly speaking from Wenger taking over to the move to the Emirates beginning to being put into their historical context Obviously all three are positive – it’s notable how both Bergkamp and Henry eulogise Wenger each other and their teammates The book ends on a triumphant note – not for Auclair the ending of Henry winding his career down in what’s perceived as a lesser league faded abilities still dazzling lesser mortals Nor does he end by dwelling on France’s shambolic 2010 World Cup Instead he ends it on the perfect note the perfect image He leaves it with Henry’s last hurrah at the Emirates one last goal for the club A moment of pure joy perfect happiness a goal at the venue he once imperiously strode It’s a perfect ending a release of the tension that’s been held back through the book by nature of the subject’s character The footballer becoming the fan understanding their emotion and what they get from the game shedding the simple professionalism and cool demeanour Finally he shares the joy that Auclair confesses punctured his professional journalistic etiuette twice It’s the perfect ending note of the main symphony everything following would be a mere coda

  2. Kazi Kazi says:

    Pretty good as a biography but the writer's love for literary extravaganza is irritating at times

  3. John Anthony John Anthony says:

    This is no run of the mill biography of a football star but then 'run of the mill' is the last term I'd use of TH Titi to his friends Enigmatic to say the least this remains the abiding impression I have of him by the end of the book I learn much about him throughout the book though which is packed with information The tone of the book is the opposite of glossy it's rather scholarly Auclair is objective almost to a fault in his presentation and analysisPhilippe Auclair is painstakingly honest and makes it clear to his readers that they won't be getting a paean of hero worship on his part He is seeking to understand TH the man here from all angles What makes it particularly interesting to me is that both men are French Thierry's poll rating is very high this side of the Channel much less so over there The prophet lacks honour in his own country? Partly that but much besides particularly French reaction to the shenanigans of its World Cup Team in 2010 and what they saw as Henry's abdication of responsibility and leadership A fascinating read of a very interesting man oh and a hugely talented footballer too by the way

  4. 16simpsonf 16simpsonf says:

    It’s a good book but can get boring at some points with not a lot going on but then something new can spring out at you and he could be moving clubs or his family could be getting involved with lots of twist and turns but very descriptive and informative about his life

  5. JS Bournival JS Bournival says:

    Not so much about HenryThe author is an Arsenal fanatic and it shows a lot The book’s best passages are when it speaks about Wenger’s les invincibles Could have been titled Arsenal Chronicles in the time of Thierry Henry

  6. Abhishek Abhishek says:

    Before I talk on this book I must inform that I am an Arsenal supporter and have been for than a decade And so I have seen this football club's dominance in the first half of the Wenger era especially during 2001 04 which in what is no coincidence was the time when Thierry Henry peaked to such scintillating levels that would have made other great footballers look ordinary He was a menace to other teams; unstoppable fluid intelligent and most importantly a goal scorer And to all such lovers of Arsenal and Henry this story of such an outstanding talent on the field but who not necessarily lived up to his responsibilities off it is a definite read The beauty of the story lies in the skill of the story teller And that line holds truest in the case of Thierry Henry Lonely at the Top Philippe Auclair the author is a French journalist with a love for Arsenal FC the two key ingredients reuired to even attempt writing a book on Henry And it this dual love for the French national team and Arsenal FC which allows Auclair to write the book with a passionate fervor rather than going through the motions This especially comes out on two occasions one when he talks of the final match played at Higbury Arsenal's old stadium and secondly when he talks at length of the debacle of the French suad at World Cup 2010 and the hurt they caused the nation But despite being someone who would have been crazily delighted with Henry's on field performances as most are Auclair tries to paint an accurate picture of Theirry Henry the man where he does not disguise the ambivalence he holds It would have been a tough task to showcase the human Henry rather than only the footballer Henry given the relatively private life he lives In those circumstances Auclair has done a fairly good job Supported by Auclair's knowledge of the game and his contacts in this sport Henry's life itself holds enough fascinating twists and turns that provide enough drama to keep the attention of the reader While many would always remember him for the godlike mastery on the football he displayed in the red and white of Arsenal Theirry Henry Lonely at the Top brings forth various other chapters in his life His early childhood days driven by his father's strong desire to see him playing for France his early days in Monaco which saw him groom as a footballer his botched up transfer attempt to Real Madrid his difficult brief stint at Juventus his post Arsenal exile to Barcelona and in between all this his contribution to the World Cup winning French team of 1998 his secondary position to Zizou and the famous 'Hand of God II' against Ireland that allowed France to ualify for World Cup 2010 It's a long story a story worth reading which makes you fall in love with Henry's magic again makes you know about the man behind the footballer and for someone like me makes you feel proud to have been there to watch this genius provide so many delightful moments time and time again Thank you Thierry Henry for the memories and thank you Philippe Auclair for making us relive it again

  7. Rohith Jyothish Rohith Jyothish says:

    Football books are often than not hagiographies or takes on a theme of 'love him hate him but can't ignore him' Both these types of books usually have banal descriptions of famous incidents that rekindles the nostalgia of fans A lot of it inevitably will be fiction than fact But when I saw a book on Thierry Henry in a second hand book store at a throaway price I could not resist Henry was one of my first football idols He made me fall in love with Arsenal whom I am still married to But that is not the reason why I bought the book I was familiar with Phillipe Auclair's writings and have listened to him on several podcasts He unlikemost football journalists is a thinking person's writer He is not just an Arsenal fan but has followed French football for decades and is also known for the critically acclaimed biography of another French football legend Eric Cantona I was curiousThe book I must say left me feeling ambivalent about Henry which probably means Auclair did a good job Henry is a difficult person to write about After having won the World Cup and the Euros at a very young age he was led down a difficult path due to some bad decisions and fulfilled his destiny when a certain Arsene Wenger brought him to Arsenal and decided that he is a Centre Forward and not a Left Winger But then followed the ignominies of the infamous 'Hand of Gaul' and the imploding of the 2012 French World Cup Team Then came the unexpected return to Arsenal in 2012 to score against Leeds and Sunderland Auclair does justice to the footballer that is Thierry Henry for sure and tries to explain some of the uestions people might have had about Thierry Henry the person through the personal trauma that he might have experienced in the rough world of professional football And not just that Auclair gives a fascinating narration of the evolution and devolution of French football and the roles played by several people in the process like Jean Tigana and Raymond Domenech whom he clearly does not like Overall a brilliant read and highly recommend it for football lovers

  8. Carla Carla says:

    This is a very well written book by an excellent writer It is obviously also an objective biography which I have no doubt is a very honest record of Thierry's life including the criticisms levied at him As someone who has loved and admired him from the first time he put on the Arsenal shirt I found this aspect of the book hard to read I admit he can do no wrong in my eyes and I long for the day he is back where he belongs at the Arsenal This book has not diminished my admiration for the best player who has ever graced the Premier League but it has made me understand the nuances of his character a bit better My overall feeling is of sympathy for him I believe he has overcome major difficulties not least the dominating character and influence of his father It is a mark of his intelligence that he overcame this took the good from it and followed his own path He should not have left Arsenal I also believe the French treated him badly and it is clear he became a scapegoat As for the Ireland incident if an England player had done the same he would have been defended by all

  9. Devnandan Devnandan says:

    The book in itself is uite exhaustive It starts right from his childhood days in the french concrete suburbs and includes the crucial role of his family especially his father It goes on to talk about his early days in monaco his first wc and his season in hell The transition to his arsenal days is very good His blossoming reaching his peak and his gradual decline are pages which an arsenal or henry fan will just glide through His exploits with his national team are well written too There are however 2 things which i thought was lets say unexpected one is the campaign of 2010 WC and the controversy leading to it This part was rather stretched to the extent that the writer could have easily avoided the chapter that talks about this Secondly this book talks about him as a person the enigma he was and his other traits like his loneliness But probably as Phillipe puts it if one wanted just a collection of his records or best goals scored it would not take than a minute to search it out in the internet The conclusion or postscript is short and crisp and befitting of player that is Thierry Henry lonely at the top

  10. Binod Binod says:

    The book encapsulates the career of one of the great footballers of his generationStarting with his childhood in France his rise through the youth ranks his short frantic stay in Italy with Juventus his era defining performances in the premier league his stay at Barcelona to that shameful night in Paris the author presents the readers the life of great man who is often misunderstood for arroganceThe book is a must read for an Arsenal supporter as it shows what was right with the early Wenger era at the London club The signings of players like Viera Henry Petit etc in those years to the INVINCIBLES is depicted stupendously in the book It also gives the glimpse into why the club is not successful in the field latelyOverall a wonderful book

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