The nation has commented on and devoured Paul Gascoigne for years. But until now no one has ever known what it is really like to be Gazza. Here Gascoigne, in the company of his therapist, confronts his demons and takes the reader into the recesses of his mind. The triggers that plunged Gascoigne into dark despair are revealed together with the critical moments that influenced his alcoholism, depression, drug abuse, gambling, eating disorders and compulsive behaviour. This is more than the story of one man. It applies to people who face turmoil every day. Through self-assessment forms and expert advice, any reader who sees a mirror of themselves will be offered help and a way forward.
Paul Gascoigne was born in Gateshead in 1967. He made his professional debut for Newcastle United at 17 before moving to Spurs in 1988. After the 1990 World Cup he became one of the greatest stars in the game. In 1992 he moved to Lazio and three years later to Rangers. From there he played for Middlesbrough, Everton and Burnley. For England he reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96. He was capped 57 times and scored 10 goals.