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An Open Book - My Autobiography Hardcover – 25 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444757989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444757989
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Open Championship hero Darren Clarke tells the gripping and moving story of his life as Britain's best-loved golfer.

About the Author

Darren Clarke was born in Dungannon, Northern Ireland in 1968. Darren turned professional in 1990. Clarke was appointed OBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to golf. Darren lives in Northern Ireland with his two sons, Tyrone and Conor, and his wife Alison.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steely on 12 Nov. 2012
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I bought this book on my kindle, so had it the day of publishing. I read the forward by Lee Westwood immediately and thought is he talking about Darren Clarke the golfer I saw win The Open. What I had imagined Darren to be like, was certainly different from the guy in this forward and therefore I read more. So much to say I read the whole book that day, I just couldn't put it down. It was so easy to read, well written and I would think very honest. It certainly made me realise I had assumed Darren to be quite different. If you are looking for a very detailed golf account of his matches then this is not the book for you. It is an autobiography from childhood to 2012, telling of his homelife in Dungannon, amateur golfer, turning pro, marriage to Heather and the struggles leading up to her tragic early death, Ryder cups, The Open and this years marriage on the beach to Alison. It is a great read, very interesting, some amusing bits and written in a manner that keeps the interest right to the end. I feel it was a great buy and I shall certainly see Darren in a different light now when I watch his golf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mr r bones on 1 Nov. 2012
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Having watched Darren play many times I had been waiting for this book for a few years, and it was well worth the wait!!.It is beautifully written and gives a very open and honest account of a complex man driven by the search for perfection.
Fantastic....will reread it many times!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2013
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Darren Clarke's victory at Royal St George's in 2011 was one of the most welcomed triumphs in modern golf, and this book recounts the tale of how he came to lift the claret jug, after suffering a period of severe form loss before the tournament. Aided by the sports phsycologist, Bob Rotella, Clarke found his form and went on to win the Open at this,his twentieth, attempt.

Darren Clarke has lived life to the full; fast cards, big houses, a private jet, and the very hard work he put in to improve his game leading to major championship and Ryder Cup triumphs all feature in this book. Life has certainly had its low moments too; the loss of his first wife to cancer and his struggle at times with his golf form are covered openly here too.

He comes across in these pages as nice guy too; honest - sometimes surpisingly so, and remarkably balanced given the enormous ups and downs which he has experienced in life.

Clarke has a great tale to tell, and has clearly tried to so with openness and honestly. It is just such a pity that the ghost writing is so poor that at times it distracts from the account. Full of cliches, banal comments, and journalese, this from time to time reads like a badly written tabloid article. It's a pity because the the tale Clarke has to tell deserved rather better.
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Having finished this book I didn't really feel I came away with anything I didn't know already.

We all watched the Ryder cup matches and we were all witness to his open victory. I personally didn't need a blow by blow description of golf I had already seen taking up a third of the book.

A few defensive remarks about boozing but no details. Tell us about some of the boozing sessions Darren I'm sure they would have made a more interesting read. Almost as if he was worried about his own kids reading this book so kept the tone very safe, clean, and above board. No gripes and no scandal here. Just thankyous to people who have helped him on his way.

One chapter which did delve deeper was 'Heather'. Quite an insight into a man dealing with the impending death of his wife. A shame the rest of the book did not have this depth and detail. But perhaps the rest of his life was understandably less significant from this perspective.

Who didn't he like on tour? Were there ever any on course 'incidents' with fellow pros, what was it like to become wealthy and famous, ??? Nothing. Nice and tame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter Barford on 28 Nov. 2012
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A disappointment, the section on the Ryder Cup was good, the rest was disjointed. With protestations that his drinking was not excessive.
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My title sums up my feelings about this book. I'd been looking forward to reading it for some time and decided to treat myself to the Kindle edition as a Christmas present to myself. Well I wish I hadn't bothered. When compared to other biographical reads, this is poorly written and not overly insightful, other than Mr.Clarke seems to mention drink at every opportunity.

To be brutally honest, don't waste your money (unless this becomes a free download of course) or your time; read something about one of the game's true greats, like Bobby Jones or Seve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Macca on 17 Aug. 2013
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Took this book on holiday. Thought it started strangely, then I realised it was missing the first 36 pages!! The rest of the book was ok though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AC Harvey on 4 Feb. 2013
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Great story telling what it is like to be playing at the top level of the game. Every golfers dream.
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