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Twin Ambitions: My Autobiography - Book Review

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
Read. Write. Run.
Published November 23rd 2013
To run is to be
Being a twin myself I can't imagine leaving my sister, or my 'other half' as many people refer to her. Interestingly, neither could Mo Farah, but fate had other ideas. Unlike many think, he did not willingly travel thousands of miles away to pursue a career and build on the seedlings that a PE teacher spotted during his youth.

Not at all, but that is the story many believe. Whilst Mo Farah is the man, and one who put Britain back on the map for the Olympics, he is also a guy who never wanted to leave Somaliland, but don't take it from me - you really need to read his book.

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Pensive cover

Mo's autobiography is full of funny anecdotes, family stories, and interesting facts. What struck me the most, however, is how 'normal' Mo is as an individual. His athletic ability is unparalleled and whilst he is a three-time-winning Olympian, he is also just a man, who has worked extremely hard, and won the hearts of the public through sheer determination, strength, and building on his incredible talent.

Mo is extremely down to earth, and having met him in the flesh, I can honestly say he was the nicest man I've had the pleasure of meeting. He doesn't buy into the idea of 'celebrity', and permanently had a smile on his face when I met him during his book signing. Frustratingly, I was an indecipherable, high pitched mess when I met him, who couldn't control themselves in the presence of a man so talented. His smile is infectious by the way.

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Back cover

The book marks his successes, and recognises the effect his coach had, but what really hit home is the relation with his twin brother Hasan. Mo comments on the special bond twins have, which is something I share with my twin sister. Others don't really understand it, and they never will. It's an unspoken connection, which twins share, and something which Mo Farah, and I, have in common (or at least that's what I tell myself).

While it seems Mo's the cat that got the cream, as the book states, winning gold medals is just the beginning. For the man from relatively small city Somaliland, he will forever be remembered as the man who took Britain to success in the 2012 Olympics.

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Signed book

The book is heart-rendering, inspiring, and shows that when an opportunity is staring you in the face, even if you're not quite sure of it, grab it with both hands and enjoy it.
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