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Bomber: Behind the Laughter Paperback – 14 Oct 2011


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: TH Media; 1st edition (14 Oct. 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0955953448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955953446
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Herol Graham's astonishing tale of triumph and disaster and his unique insight into the boxing world. He talks candidly about his career, his retirement and subsequesnt struggle with deep depression. At times hilarious, always thought provoking and sometimes downright sad. He covers his three World Title fights, the bust up and make up with his long time trainer, meeting his hero Muhammed Ali and annoying Chris Eubank and Roberto Duran. As well as introducing an eigh year old Prince Naseem hamed.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jess on 15 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Herol retraces his steps from the events in his childhood, both happy and traumatic, which shaped the man he would become, to his progression as a boxer, first in the amateur ranks and then as a pro making his way towards a shot at the World Title. Herol also describes the end of his career and the aftermath.

The style is conversational and makes it easy to read this book and also warm to Herol's character.

The anecdotes from his amateur career are illuminating and the events surrounding his professional career are often suprising.
Herol comes accross as a genuine and warm, and he does not try to minimise the errors he made in trusting people. He's also very open about the harsh events he had to overcome.

In turns insightful, moving, sad and hilarious, this book is captivating whether you are a boxing fan or not.

We met Herol at a book signing shortly after the book came out and he was very friendly with everyone, accessible, positive and warm, and yet also vulnerable, just his book suggests.

This autobiography is highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 007angel on 11 Oct. 2011
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A truly amazing and heartfelt story. The journey of Bombers life and the highs and lows make this a must for all boxing fans. I will be putting it in a few stockings at Christmas..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ToBeFrank on 16 Oct. 2011
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I've always been a "Bomber" fan and, having thoroughly enjoyed Stuart Wikin's book about Stanley Gene, I thought I'd give this a go. Very pleased I did. I like Wilkin's style and thoroughly enjoyed all the stuff you never get to hear about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Carr on 27 Dec. 2011
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Read it in 2 days. As boxing biographies go it's quite a personal one. He's very honest and it makes you consider all the previous stories you've read or have been told. You certainly feel for him and end up hoping he'll have a happy future away fron the ring. Lots of social history and very 1980's. Well worth the price. Read it with youtube handy and u can judge the fight descriptions for yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By melb on 23 Oct. 2011
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Fantastic read. I am not a boxing fan, my son had bought it, but what a good read. Recommend to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 17 May 2012
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If you are a fan of Herol's this is a great read. If you are not... it is a great read. How come there is not more on him? DVDs of his fights in regular shops, more TV interviews etc. Pioneered an impossible boxing style adopted successfully by his coach. As it says in the book with no Herol there would be no Johnny Nelson and Naseem Hamed (and many others). I suspect Herol doesn't realise just how popular he is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigJon1981 on 27 Feb. 2012
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Very good book. Excellent read. Good quality too. Quick delivery. Many thanks. Would recommend this to anyone interested in boxing or not.
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By ACN on 19 Feb. 2014
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Herol is honest and open in this account of his career and life. Some shocking revelations about his youth coupled with similar accounts of his career post boxing. Always entertaining though and clearly an individual who doesnt take himself too seriously. Was always a fan, and this book does nothing to dampen that. A travesty that he was never a World Champ, but there you go!
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