Think you have read everything about Thierry Henry? Think again. The release of Philippe Auclair’s biography provides 336 pages that build slowly into a tome that grips, defies you to put it down.
It is not your typical life story sprinkled with stardust. This is a ‘warts and all’ journey through the life of one of the most remarkable men ever to pull on the red of Arsenal and the blue of France. It provides the background to the selfish and spiky nature of the man himself as well as charting his progress from childhood prodigy, driven by his father, to the very top of the game.
At both ends of the book there is reference to the 2010 World Cup, and Thierry’s contribution both in qualifying and in the aftermath of the striking French controversy. Thierry as villain is there along with all of the moments when he was clearly anything but. Relive the World Cup and European Championship medals, his patchy form with Monaco and failure at Juve before his blossoming under Arsene Wenger.
“Few modern footballers progress from miscast to top of the bill as swiftly as Henry.”
The double in 2002, the invincibles in 2004, the record-breaking goalscoring exploits, all are presented from numerous interviews, trustworthy sources, and Philippe’s own personal observations and recollections.
The triumphs are well chronicled, as is the parting of the ways when Titi moved to Barcelona. There is a moment as you reach the end of the journey that you feel down that the tale will end in sadness in the aftermath of that 2010 World Cup. Luckily we know there is a postscript to all this. The return of the King and that goal against Leeds United. You leave the final page exhausted, but lifted.
At the end you should have a better understanding of the nature of the genius, and perhaps some of the reasons for his moods, and the infamous Henry glare. You will also have a comprehensive record of a player who inspired never ending love and devotion at Highbury and the Grove. A true legend it was a privilege to witness in his pomp.
It isn’t what I expected at all, and it is all the better and more informative for that. Thank you Philippe.
So Who Has Won A Copy?
The management has pulled the infamous packs of ‘holic cards out to reveal Jonathan Hausmann as the winner. Congratulations Jonathan. The book will be in the post tomorrow lunchtime.
Jonathan correctly identified our friends and neighbours as the visiting fans in front of whom Thierry was celebrating one of the all time great Arsenal goals after running the length of Highbury.
The book is published on Thursday, so tomorrow/today/yesterday depending on where you are and when. Those looking for a cracking Christmas read can buy the book by clicking on the Amazon link in the sidebar. You won’t be disappointed.
Thank you all for your entries and kind words. Come back on Friday evening for the Fulham preview.
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