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Becoming a Lion [Hardcover]

Johnny Sexton
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Book Description

23 Sep 2013

Johnny Sexton - the man who pulled the strings for the Lions - gives an intimate insight into the rugby life in Becoming a Lion.

As of May 2009, Johnny Sexton was the little-known backup fly-half for Leinster, the chronically underachieving Irish province. But when Felipe Contepomi went down with an injury early in the Heineken Cup semi-final against a dominant Munster team, Sexton came on, nailed a penalty with his first touch of the game, and helped Leinster to a crushing victory.

Four years, three Heineken Cups later and one British and Irish Lions tour victory later, Sexton is by some distance the leading fly-half in the northern hemisphere. When the 2013 Lions squad was selected, there was almost universal agreement that Sexton was the most important single player heading to Australia. And over the course of the Lions' first victorious Test series in sixteen years, Sexton was the man pulling the strings. His try in the third test was the decisive blow, and his joyous celebrations after scoring were echoed in homes across Britain and Ireland.

Becoming a Lion is an intimate portrait of life at the highest levels of the professional game - at Leinster, with Ireland, and on tour with the Lions.

'Bracing and fascinating in equal measure' Malachy Clerkin, Irish Times

'Riveting ... Opens a remarkable window into the stresses, hurts and insecurities of a professional life in rugby' Vincent Hogan, Irish Independent

'Captures all the jagged edges that make Sexton one of Irish sport's most compelling characters' Sunday Times

'Sets a great benchmark for sports autobiographies, given that it is so honest' Matt Cooper, Today FM

'Engrossing' Rugby World Ireland

'If you crave an insight into the life of a professional rugby player ... Becoming a Lion is a must' Donal Lenihan, Irish Examiner

'Intensely revealing' Irish Daily Mail


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (23 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844883167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844883165
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Riveting ... Opens a remarkable window into the stresses, hurts and insecurities of a professional life in rugby (Vincent Hogan Irish Independent)

Bracing and fascinating in equal measure (Malachy Clerkin Irish Times)

Captures all the jagged edges that make Sexton one of Irish sport's most compelling characters (Sunday Times)

It really sets for a great benchmark for sports autobiographies, given that it is so honest (Matt Cooper Today FM)

Engrossing (Rugby World Ireland)

If you crave an insight into the life of a professional rugby player ... Becoming a Lion is a must (Donal Lenihan Irish Examiner)

Intensely revealing (Irish Daily Mail)

About the Author

Born in Dublin in 1985, Johnny Sexton attended St Mary's College, where he won a Leinster senior schools cup in 2002. At Leinster he won three Heineken Cups, taking man of the match honours for his performance in the 2011 final, when he scored two tries in leading a comeback from a 16-point halftime deficit. He has won 36 Ireland caps. He started all three tests for the British and Irish Lions in Australia.

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2.0 out of 5 stars good read 31 Oct 2013
By DOB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting to receive perspective on the IRFU debacle. But would rather have had an insight into career as a whole rather than just a year into the life. Sexton comes across as expected though level headed down to earth honest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good not great 6 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
Its a good book. Mostly because of the insight into Johnny Sextons contract negotiations with the IRFU. Its a pity he didint write a complete review of his career so far. The Heineken Cup final against Northampton would have been great to read about.
Peter O Reilly, the journalist who ghost wrote this hasn't done a great job to be honest. It reads poorly enough, as if Sexton just dictated the entire book to him. If it was a bit more polished and went into more detail about his career it would have been better. Only one chapter about the Lions tour too. Thought there would have been more.
Still a good read though. Any Irish rugby fan should enjoy it. Paints the IRFU in a poor light, which I do believe. Probably have another book out after his time in France, which I would buy too, hopefully ghost written by someone else though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jonno Sexton 13 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my son for Christmas and he is reading it at the moment. He is pleased with it anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class 3 Jan 2014
By Darragh
Format:Kindle Edition
It's a brilliant book. The book is just snippets of text that Sexton has provided throughout the year. A great, honest, revealing, fun insight into the life of one of the world's best professional rugby players. Yes it only covers the one year, but it goes into so much detail, that it is certainly better than a book that skimmed his career so far. I'd highly recommend it to any sports fan.
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