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4 August, 2012. Super Saturday. On the most electric night in the history of British sport, Mo Farah braved the pain and punishment to seize Olympic gold in the 10,000m - and in the process went from being a talented athlete to a national treasure. Seven days later, Mo seized his second gold at the 5000m to go where no British distance runner has gone before. Records have4 August, 2012. Super Saturday. On the most electric night in the history of British sport, Mo Farah braved the pain and punishment to seize Olympic gold in the 10,000m - and in the process went from being a talented athlete to a national treasure. Seven days later, Mo seized his second gold at the 5000m to go where no British distance runner has gone before. Records have tumbled before him: European track records at 1500m, 5000m indoors, and 10,000m; British track records at 5000m, 3000m indoors and 10k on the road have all fallen to Mohamed 'Mo' Farah: the boy from Somalia who came to Britain at the age of eight, leaving behind his twin brother, and with just a few words of English, and a natural talent for running.His secondary school PE teacher Alan Watkinson spotted his potential and began easing this human gazelle towards the racetrack. In 2001 Mo showed his promise by winning the 5000m at the European Junior Championships. Soon he was smashing a string of British and European records. He began living with a group of elite Kenyan runners, following their strict regime of run, sleep, eat and rest. Mo was determined to leave no stone uncovered in his bid for distance-running glory. After a disappointing Olympics in Beijing Mo took the bold decision to relocate to Portland, Oregon to work under legendary coach Alberto Salazar. The results were emphatic as Mo took silver at the 10,000m and then raced to gold in the 5000m at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. Even better would soon follow at London 2012. TWIN AMBITIONS is much more than an autobiography by a great Olympic champion. It's a moving human story of a man who grew up in difficult circumstances, separated from his family at an early age, who struggled to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and realise his dream....

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ISBN : 9781444779578
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Twin Ambitions: My Autobiography Reviews

  • Khurram
    2019-03-18 13:37

    I am a huge fan of Mo Farah; this is the autobiography I have been waiting for with great anticipation since London 2012. With the number of athletes autobiographies and great performances coming from post London 2012 my expectations were high. This book delivers. This is one of the best books I have read all year. If you are just a casual fan his or just want to know more about the training, achievements, dedication, sacrifices and rewards of one of the greatest distance runner of our generation, this book will push you the rest of the converting anyone to a full-fledged fan. As a British Muslim as well I respect and applaud Mo's for keeping to his beliefs, but not forcing them on anyone else at the same time respecting other people's beliefs and opinions.Every time I had seen Mo on TV racing or being interviewed he has always been smiling, polite and dignified. Even in the infamous post marathon interview where the presenter had no idea who he was. When I watched I though he showed his class by trying not to embarrass the lady. He does talk about the incident in the book, and once again show what a classy person he is. Having said that it was nice to see the more private side of Mo's personality the mischievous, daredevil, mick taker as well. I don't know if it is from being a twin but doubles and the number 2 seem to follow Mo around a lot in his championships. Being one of the few men to be double, double champion is evident of this.The book starts off from young days in Somalia, and his introduction to running with his hilarious adventures trying to watch the The Mysterious Cities Of Gold: The Complete Series BBC (slim-line version) [DVD], (great show I had a much easier time watching it but I can understand why he was so obsessed with it). Mo's writing style mirrors his personality. He is happy with what he has. He never saw himself or his family as disadvantages. They had what they had and they made do. He talks about the big change to moving to England. Again seeing the way Mo is it is hard to imagine Mo being a disrupting or aggressive, but he was young and in an unfamiliar environment it is understandable.Mo gives full credit to the people who have helped him from his PE teacher, who noticed his talent early on and went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure Mo could fulfil his potential, to all his friends and competitors who helped or pushed him to be the best he could be. Mo goes out of his way to say his success is not all down to him. He talks about the work he had to put in and slowly raising up the ranks. The Sacrifices he and those around him had to make. He talks about the dangers and distractions of the life he has chosen. The incredible rewards of winning and the heart break of losing. All of this has contributed to keeping him humble and grounded.He is open and honest about his personal feelings. The races he loses he is honest with what he thinks when wrong and give respect to his competitors saying they were better on the day. He shows he is not a Robot (or Mobot), he can have bad days like the rest of us, and unfortunately his bad days tend to be more public then the average persons. The talk about race tactics and the importance of proper preparation. The balancing act between getting your training just right, under training will lead to disaster, but over training can be just as disastrous. The mental toughness you need to develop during training, dealing with the media, and set back. The Championship mentality to keep going no matter what.He talk about the Mo Farah Foundation the great work he is doing with that to give back to the country of his birth, and the work and scholarships he has set up in England to help aspiring young athletes get what they need in the way of coaching and financial help. Which Mo calls giving back to the sport, not many people would do this as quickly on their career. Considering this foundation was only started in 2011 which was Mo's breakout year on the world stage, it is amazing the work they have done already.This is a great inspirational book, which can be enjoyed by all fans and has insights and wisdom for aspiring athletes as well, of not only training but how to deal with fans, the media, the negatives and positives of success. A great I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Jesssicaaa
    2019-03-01 13:33

    There is absolutely no doubt in the world that this book is worth any less than 5 stars, I don't believe there are even enough stars in the entire universe that would justify the greatness of this autobiography. I am an absolutely huge fan of Mo Farah and when my sister bought this book for me for my birthday I was over the moon with excitement. I began reading the book immediately. The book begins with Mo Farah's childhood and family life, I couldn't believe that Mo Farah used to obsess over football, I thought that all athletes had to start with the sport they loved from a very young age to be able to succeed in their chosen event,clearly I was wrong. He proved to me that with dedication and passion towards your hobby, you can achieve whatever you aim for.Even though I was already a fan of Mo Farah before I read the book and knew how successful he was and the records and titles he possessed, Mo Farah described the races so well and the race day tension he was experiencing I completely forgot what races he had or hadn't won, I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation waiting to find out what time he had clocked or what position he had ran through the line at. Which may sound stupid considering I already knew many of the results mentioned in the book.I loved hearing about Mo's mischief and how he was torn away from his twin, Hassan, as a young boy and how the two brothers were reunited in later life.This book has inspired me to run longer distances at higher speeds, this book has inspired me to put 110% effort into all of my training, to attend the gym more and eat a healthier diet, but most importantly this book has inspired me to follow my dreams.This books genre is autobiography and sport but I strongly believe the true genre of this book is self help, because this book helped me. thanks, Mo :)

  • Joe
    2019-03-17 07:25

    This book has really really inspired me. Many people will argue with this but I am Mo Farah's legit No.1 fan! Just to know of what he had when he was young to then adapt to his new surrounding when he moved to London and become Britains best athlete ever..... Wow!? My favourite part was about 30 pages in when Mo had moved to London and saw what it was like.... 'C'mon then'. It was my least favourite part when the twins were separated :( . I would recommend this to all of those runners out there like me who need some inspiration but, I would mainly recommend this to anyone who likes reading life changing stories. This book would also be great to give to anyone who takes what they have for granted.

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    2019-02-24 08:18


  • John Morris
    2019-02-28 11:21

    Am a big athletics fan and have read many athletics biographies and this was definitely one of the better ones

  • Joanne
    2019-03-21 07:46

    A must read for any athletics fan. I found out a lot I didn't know about Mo which isn't always the case with autobiographies. Also the beginning kept me interested as his early life is fascinating.

  • Araf
    2019-03-19 13:46

    This is definitely a good read, a humble but brilliant athlete. I enjoyed the book thoroughly.

  • Alan Wilkinson
    2019-03-05 10:41

    A lovely shy guy who is humble and tells of his hard work, sacrifice & dedication to get where he is. A motivating story for runners and non runners alike!

  • Stephanie Bowkett
    2019-03-18 08:47

    I'm biased because I like Mo Farah/running in general.

  • Jane
    2019-02-18 13:25

    Interesting reading especially if u r a runner which I am

  • JL
    2019-02-21 07:46

    I really enjoyed the information about Mo’s upbringing and the culture in Somaliland. Interesting to think about race and privilege and what help was available for him once his talent was spotted. As I should have expected, lots about his individual races, which got a little boring (I’m afraid) after a while...and I love races!

  • David Lewis
    2019-03-21 09:27

    What a nice guy and great story. Another winner who took over ten years of hard work before success was even a possible goal. Also was extremely willing to try out new things and always wants to learn from others. Proximity is power. Environment is key to success. Immerse yourself with like minded people.

  • Faye
    2019-03-17 07:27

    I just lived this. Brilliant, inspiring read. The man is a hero 🙂.

  • Kerry Setterfield
    2019-03-12 12:43

    I enjoyed reading this more than I thought I would. It's an incredibly honest insight into his life and career up until 2013.

  • Sean Barkes
    2019-03-11 05:23

    Great athlete, enjoyed hearing his story but Mo is no writer 😉

  • Casual Dave
    2019-02-19 11:17

    Four stars from me, as I'm into running and was reading this while preparing for my first half marathon. It may not rate quite so highly for those not as interested in the sport.That said, it is not just a book about running. It is also an entertaining, anecdotal story of his journey from humble and difficult beginnings as a mischievous young lad, to the well known and dedicated athlete he is today.Running wise, it gives credit to those who have helped him along the way. It highlights the sacrifices and dedication required of him to grow from a good runner into a great one, while also acknowledging the lessons he needed to learn at times when he perhaps was not such a fully focused professional.Where it trips up in my opinion, is in sections that cover many weeks or even months of his career in just a few pages. The numerous runners, coaches and race meets all being name checked may well leave those readers with little prior knowledge of the sport feeling as though they're rattling through a list. A few people seem to be getting a mention purely because he's met them and felt he ought to.The more personal sections give the impression of a likeable guy, who learnt to adapt from an early age when thrown from one cultural world into another.Naturally the climax of the book is the 2012 Olympics. There's plenty of enjoyable reading getting there, particularly for running enthusiasts.

  • Selina Griffin
    2019-02-24 05:32

    I love Mo!I have had this for a while but only just got around to reading it.At times the narrative was a bit jumpy in that a few unrelated incidents occurred in a couple of paragraphs - I appreciate this was probably because they happened chronologically in that way, but on occasion they were so unrelated (eg Mo not having a driving license) that I thought a blank line or two was needed rather than just a new paragraph!What an amazing chap - and it's so lovely to read this in the knowledge that he's done it all over again - another double at the World Champs (2015) and double at the Rio Olympics, not to mention his success in the Great North Run (he comes 2nd in the 2015 race although he does not tell the story; I imagine it was too close to the publication date).If he doesn't get BBC Sports Personality of the year this year I will start a petition/emigrate.

  • Colin
    2019-02-24 10:29

    It's alway inspiring to read a story like this: a boy who struggles at school, doesn't speak English well, and manages to become a... Well, Let's just say a bloody hero, shall we? Manages to become a hero through sheer hard work and determination. Unfortunately, it's a tiny bit dull. Maybe it's a symptom of biographies written too early in life, but it felt a but stilted. It had its moments though: running from house to house in Mogadishu, hanging out with Kenyans in Teddington, learning the life of a hardcore runner, and the way he's able to assess when he's stuck and needs to change something to make it to the next level. The few scraps if race strategy are interesting too, so I'm glad I read it.

  • Francisco Machado
    2019-02-26 09:46

    I really enjoyed this book. So much more than simply a book about running. Mo never turns his back on Somalia but at the same time embraces being British. He recognises everyone who had helped him in his way, especially his school PE teacher. He describes the pain he goes through in training and running. His dedication to his sport is only surpassed by the love shown by his family. The fine line between being a good runner and a champion, highlighted by his tactical decisions in the 10 K world championships. Read this and you will have more empathy with those who run for glory on our screens.

  • Roy
    2019-03-17 11:18

    I am biased when it comes to Mo Farah. I was at the Olympic stadium the night when he won 5000m gold in London. I have never experienced a sporting atmosphere like that. It was like the whole nation was behind him. Each time he came past on the track the whole crowd would stand like a perfect Mexican wave shouting Come On Mo.The book tells his story from the early years in Somalia, to club running, to training with the Kenyans and Ethiopians, to breaking their dominance in long distance track running, to winning the double double. Farah is humble and modest throughout, being careful to give credit to everyone who has helped him along the way.

  • Jack Oughton
    2019-03-09 09:25

    Main point I learnt from this is that Mo started winning the shit out of everything when he started hanging out with the East Africans (mainly the Kenyans), and immersed himself in their culture of running. In bed at 2200, up at 0600, no more late night parties at Oceana Kingston, or McDonalds burgers...Also the nontechnical parts on the periodisation of his training are insightful - though they obviously don't give all of the game away. Mo missed a few big shots by overtraining - which sounds brutal considering the distances this guy covers. Mo was born with a ton of raw running talent, but he has done very well for himself!

  • Peter
    2019-02-26 10:22

    I found Mo Farah's story really interesting. He is clearly a man of great intelligence as well as great physical ability and determination. At times the writing felt slightly repetitive, lists of competitions, events and times. It was fascinating following his progression from Sudan to London then the USA and from football fanatic to runner and Olympic medallist . Anyone reading this book will have no doubt that he 'runs' clean. So much training and dedication over so many years combined with innate talent has brought the well-deserved results. Recommended.

  • Muralidhar Patnam
    2019-03-08 11:26

    A great book. Mo's humble and honest character comes through even in the book. We normally understand very little about the olympic champions watching the race. The real victory is in the preparation. What led Mo to a double olympic gold in 2012 was a 15 year saga, that had its twists and turns. There is "the right place, right time thing". There is an army of people with out whom he would have achieved what he did...I would recommend the book to anyone who has interest in running as a sport...

  • Sian Griffiths
    2019-03-10 12:44

    Interesting and engaging. Easy to read. Mo comes across as a ordinary, decent, down to earth, charming, amazing and determined young, family man. He is focused but not just on himself. Inspirational for those who think the impossible is not possible. Don't give up, keep it real, stay motivated, dig deep, keep going, one foot in front of the other, it's only pain, it means you're alive. I liked it. Thanks Shade.

  • Milan
    2019-03-14 13:32

    It`s interesting to learn what person lies behind the likeable, Mobot, joking around image. He`s so determined and doesn`t hesitate to sacrifice whatever it takes to win. It`s an incredible story of a young kid coming to the UK from Somalia and making it good here. I enjoyed this one very much. He`s an inspiration.

  • Jon Sutcliffe
    2019-03-07 06:17

    A potentially interesting story, let down by poor writing, and lack of ability to really get to any depth. Mo is clearly a much better runner than writer, which is fair enough - though I am not sure what T.J. Andrews did!A real shame to discover that Mo runs because he is good at it, and not because he is passionate about it.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-14 12:45

    Interesting AccountI was inspired to read this book after watching a documentary about Mo Farah And whilst it was an interesting read I didn't feel the inspiration and awe I would expect when reading about such an amazing journey. I put this down to the writing as it felt like a first draft or basic recount of a sequence of events.

  • Seanlang03
    2019-03-13 11:21

    Inspiring! Encouraging to read about a how a talent was spotted by his coach and Mo had no idea he had such a gifting despite having to work and train incredibly hard to get where he is today. Farah is an indeternminable fighter - not just on the track! Sobering to read of his reunion with his long lost brother and family battles.

  • Sam
    2019-03-03 08:42

    One of the better sports autobiographies around - partially due to the fact Mo is not only successful but has had an interesting life and partially due to the fact the book isn't dumbed down too much to appeal to a broader market. It is well written and insightful and definitely worth reading.

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-12 13:44

    Definitely an inspirational read, whether you're a runner or not, it will make you want to start running / run better, and run more.