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Chairman of Sequoia Capital; author, The Little Kingdom, and co-author with Sir Alex Ferguson of Leading.

Commitment

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The Book
The story of one of the most recognisable and successful players in world football. In Didier Drogba's honest and revealing autobiography he will talk about life as an immigrant in Paris, the importance of his education and how finding success later than most professional footballers has kept him grounded. He talks from a privileged behind-the-scenes position about tactics and how he felt mentally and physically as well as anecdotes from the dressing room. Didier provides unique insight into important and controversial matches from the first trophy he won with them in 2005 to the Premier League title a decade later; as well as what persuaded him to stay when he was at his lowest ebb. Go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and find out about life on and off the field for this humble Chelsea hero.

Commitment

by Didier Drogba
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The Book
The story of one of the most recognisable and successful players in world football. In Didier Drogba's honest and revealing autobiography he will talk about life as an immigrant in Paris, the importance of his education and how finding success later than most professional footballers has kept him grounded. He talks from a privileged behind-the-scenes position about tactics and how he felt mentally and physically as well as anecdotes from the dressing room. Didier provides unique insight into important and controversial matches from the first trophy he won with them in 2005 to the Premier League title a decade later; as well as what persuaded him to stay when he was at his lowest ebb. Go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and find out about life on and off the field for this humble Chelsea hero.
What Michael Moritz says

Interwoven with the inevitable recapitulation of a torrent of games, an oddly affecting self-portrait emerges from Didier Drogba’s account of his footballing life. The image is that of a man who, after an unsettling childhood and almost a decade of toiling in football’s lower reaches, finally achieved the security for which he yearned: during all too few winters at Chelsea, the club he calls home; in Ivory Coast, the country of his childhood; and, most of all, with a woman with whom, since the age of 22, he has raised four children. Undercurrents of sensitivity and shyness course through this work — a surprising revelation from a man who, in his prime, seemed cut from bronze, but whose moral compass is touchingly calibrated.

The Story of the Lost Child

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The Book
This is fourth and final instalment in the famed Neapolitan Novels series that confirms Elena Ferrante as one of the world’s best living storytellers. The series has been characterized as a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story. The series follows the lives of two perceptive and intelligent girls, Elena Greco and Raffaella Cerullo, from childhood to adulthood as they try to create lives for themselves amidst the violent and stultifying culture of their home– a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy. Central themes in the novels include: women’s friendship and the shaping of women’s lives by their social milieu, sexual and intellectual jealousy and competition within female friendships and female ambivalence about filial and maternal roles. (From Wikipedia)

The Story of the Lost Child

by Elena Ferrante
About
The Book
This is fourth and final instalment in the famed Neapolitan Novels series that confirms Elena Ferrante as one of the world’s best living storytellers. The series has been characterized as a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story. The series follows the lives of two perceptive and intelligent girls, Elena Greco and Raffaella Cerullo, from childhood to adulthood as they try to create lives for themselves amidst the violent and stultifying culture of their home– a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy. Central themes in the novels include: women’s friendship and the shaping of women’s lives by their social milieu, sexual and intellectual jealousy and competition within female friendships and female ambivalence about filial and maternal roles. (From Wikipedia)
What Michael Moritz says

After turning the last page of  the final volume of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet, it’s easy to issue a long sigh. Few novelists have ever wrought as fine and intense a portrait of the circles and connections that radiate and intersect with the strains (and occasional joys) of a lifelong relationship between two people. The saga of the principals, Lila and Elena, which began in girlish childhood in the squalor of tenement blocks peopled by hoodlums and shopkeepers scratching out an existence, has drawn to a close amid the disappointments, dashed hopes, volcanic outbursts and ruptured connections of late middle age. Yet between these mordant bookends there exists a work for the ages—filled with finely carved characters, intricately etched plots and the entire spectrum of human emotion—all translated into exquisite English.