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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. An interesting sounding autobiography. These kids have no life.

    1. That is indeed true, Robbie. It is a very strange upside-down life, as it is very short. When most people are about ready to start working or set off on their professions (if they study at university), some professional sportsmen and women will be close to retirement. And as she notes, the children are too young to know or decide by themselves if it is worthy or not.

  2. A diversion for you indeed. I rarely read autobiographies, and have never read one about a sporting person, as I really don’t have enough interest in any sport (including pro tennis) to muster the enthusiasm.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I’ve read some autobiographies (mostly about writers or people I’m particularly interested in, and some of historical figures for courses, like Benjamin Franklin’s [a great read] or Frederick Douglass) but I am not sure what attracted me to this one. I think the sample looked interesting. I am also intrigued by true stories of human endurance, but sometimes I’m not sure about the definition of sport. Have a great week.

  3. Hi Olga. I admit that I would not have expected this book to be any good. But I do love to hear about a woman being successful. Your review certainly makes me want to read this one. LOL, despite the fact that I never had an athletic bone in my body! 😀 Happy new week hugs.

    1. I was terrible at playing tennis (although I’m even worse at ping-pong. I have not talent for anything athletic either. I exercise but can’t do anything that requires rhythm or style, although I can do repetition). The personalities of the individuals are very interesting, and the whole set up of tennis schools and all that…She is very readable. Have a great week, Teagan.

  4. macjam47 says:

    I pick up an autobiography only on the rarest of occasions. This one, however, seems to be an absorbing story.

    1. Thanks, Michelle. Yes. I didn’t know what to expect when I started it, but it is indeed very difficult to put down, even when you know what will happen. The characters involved are fascinating. Have a great week!

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  5. A fascinating journey, indeed. Thank you, Olga, for sharing. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Natalie! It surely is!

  6. Excellent Olga.. I played a lot of tennis at school and then until my 30s when time just didn’t allow for it. I didn’t have the dedication or commitment to take it any further.. a tough game and very driven competitive atmosphere.

    1. Thanks, Sally. Other than with a friend in my teens, I never played tennis (and never got any training on it) but I was fascinated by it for a while. Sharapova seems to have been very aware of the competitive aspect from a very early age (perhaps because they had to face so many difficulties to get what others took for granted) as she does comment on how even when she was at tennis school she was wary of making friends with girls that would end up being her rivals. A tough life from a very early age. From your accounts, I think your life has been much more adventurous and entertaining than if you had dedicated yourself to tennis. 🙂

        1. Have a great Tuesday!

  7. I really liked your review, Olga. I AM a huge tennis fan and have been since I was just a kid (my Dad played at Wimbledon, was the organizer of the Aetna World Cup for many years and was on the Board of Directors for the US Tennis Hall of Fame.) I grew up with Australian tennis players in the house off and on. This book sounds very much the way Sharapova comes across in interviews – I suspect she is a very private person who has guarded her privacy ferociously until the doping (not really, a medicine) occurred. I’ll have to take a look at the book. My favorite players of all time to watch: Evert and Navratilova when they played each other!

    1. Wow, Noelle! I’m sure you’d relate to the book. I didn’t know of your tennis history! It sounds fascinating.
      She mentions that Navratilova saw her play when she was very young and told her father she had talent and that was what decided him to go to the US. I didn’t follow the doping case, although she does talk about it in the book (and insists she was advised to take it and had been taking it for many years but yes, that’s neither here nor there. She also insists it does not enhance performance, but hey… what would she say anyway).
      I think you’d enjoy it. Mind you, it sounds as if you should write a book about it yourself!

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