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Liverpool has long been influenced by the people who set up shop here back in the day and stories of how our beloved city and it’s people have taken on challenges. We’ve travelled far and wide, beat the system, suffered unimaginable loss, achieved incredible feats on the world stage and made out mark, and these stories are what move us the most.
Leading the way in inspiring the next generation of Scousers, is Olympian Sam Quek who has just released her own brilliant book, ‘Hope & A Hockey Stick’ which recounts her story from West Derby school girl to Gold Medal winning sportswoman and jungle warrior. Is right!
Feeling properly inspired we’ve put together a run down of our top Liverpool autobiographies that are guaranteed to hit you right in the feels!
We’re starting our run down with a love story like no other, and while Kenny Dalglish isn’t officially scouse, he’s as good as. Not many can attempt to match his pride, admiration and dedication to the sport, a community and a club that fed off his loyalty, drive and determination. From 1977 the union of Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool is one we can all learn from. Get a copy here.
Have you ever wondered what it was like to grow up in Irish Catholic Birkenhead as a little boy destined to make people laugh? Paul O ‘Grady has entertained millions whether in his own skin or that of blonde bombshell, Lily Savage and tells his story of a very real upbringing across the water. Get your copy here.
She’s an inspiration to young and old and Sam Quek is showing no signs of stopping. Olympic gold, jungle adventures and on-screen punditry is just the start for the West Debry schoolgirl who overcame adversity to reach her potential on the hockey pitch. If you’re kids/tweens/teens are into reading, order a copy of this and let Sam’s story do the rest. Order your copy from Amazon here.
Denise Fergus, mum of murdered toddler, James Bulger, released her book earlier this year after an agonising 5 years compiling her story of the day he let go of her hand forever. Denise’s heart wrenching account of that day, and her memories of James as the beautiful, happy little boy he was, will stay with you forever. Get your copy here.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, especially around the big 4-0 time of life, you have to read John Bishop’s autobiography. Published in 2014, this book takes you on John’s midlife journey which completely changed his life up and propelled him onto the stage…without a Ferrari in sight! Get a copy here.
Like us, you might expect Ricky Tomlinson’s autobiography to be simply a funny, witty tale of his comedic career, as told by Jim Royle, but what we actually read is a remarkable story of hardship, injustice and the incredible ability to fight for what’s right. Brilliantly told. Get a copy of Ricky, here.
Long before he could imagine being at the helm at Rangers, former Liverpool and England Captain and Whiston lad, Steven Gerrard took us on a journey with the beautiful game at its heart. Obsessed with football since he could kick a ball, Gerrard recounts every schoolboy’s dream career. Find out more here.
Our beloved Pricey took time off from his epic rants and namedropping to pen his own story back in 2007. Detailing his extraordinary life as a comic, am explosive radio host and his horrifying experience with aversion therapy as a young man. Prepare to see another side of our Pete, get your copy here.
It’s probably not possible to read all the books about Macca, but Many Years From Now was penned by Barry Miles and the world class musician himself. Sourced from hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews, this authorised biography delves right back to the beginning of a career we could only imagine. Get your copy here.
The first lady of the Brit Pop Invasion, Cilla Black had her incredible life put into print in 2004. Detailing her amazing adventures, unimaginable loss and an enviable work ethic, this autobiography goes right back to Cilla’s roots and reminds us of some of the best telly ever recorded too. Get your copy here.
Published in 2008, Welcome To My World by Coleen Rooney gave us our first insight into the life of a brand new power couple. Having just tied the knot in the most anticipated wedding of the year, Coleen recounts life thrust in front of the lens from her school uniform to that wedding dress! Check it out here.
The heartbreaking story of Everton mad, schoolboy Rhys Jones, as told by his mum, Melanie Jones, is a difficult read for anyone. Finding strength in keeping Rhys’s memory alive and uniting a community is truly inspiring. Prepare to shed genuine tears and marvel at a wonderful family. Get your copy here.
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