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Brian O'Driscoll: In BOD We Trust [Paperback]

Marcus Stead
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4 May 2009
Dublin boy Brian O'Driscoll is an internationally admired rugby player and an Irish hero. Educated at Blackrock College, the alma mater of many Irish greats, his ambition was always to represent his country. After helping his country win the IRB under-19 World Championship and progressing through the under-21 ranks, O'Driscoll finally realised his dream of representing his beloved Ireland at the senior level. Making his debut against Australia at the tender age of 20 - O'Driscoll went on to establish himslef as one of the top outside centres in the game. Made captain of his country in 2003, O'Driscoll's phenomnal record includes consecutive triple crowns in 2006 and 2007 plus the Grand Slam during this years Six Nations. His exemplary leadership skills and bravery saw him achieve the ultimate accolade for a home nations' player: captaining the Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. But his tour was to be cut short in a storm of acrimony and agony when his shoulder dislocated after a dangerous tackle. Nicknamed BOD by the Croke Park faithful - and in BOD they certainly do trust - Brian O'Driscoll is a true colossus of the game.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (4 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844547647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844547647
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARCUS STEAD is a freelance news and sportswriter. He contributes to a wide range of a range of printed and web-based sporting publications, and is the author of Arise Sir Frankie Dettori. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok bit I wouldn't rush our to buy it 8 Aug 2008
There is no doubt this man opitomises the ideal professional rugby player and this does come across in this book. Unfortunatley that is about the only thing that does.

I felt that this book was just full of match reports relating to Ireland and Leinster. You don't get to know the true man and it doesn't come across that he had a huge amount of input in the book.

There is however an excellent section about the ilfated Lions Tour which had me engrosed but that was about it.

I think this might be a good read for all Ireland and Leinster supports out there who can relate to some of the games that are talked about but I would say there a lot more interesting rugby auto biogrophies out there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst sports biography I have ever read 20 Dec 2009
This is the worst sports biography I have ever read, and a great disservice to undoubtably one of Ireland's greatest sportsman to be associated with it.

It is full of tabliod cliches, many inaccurate facts and repetition. I would question whether the author has O'level English. Who the hell are Ronan & Gordan

Brian O'Driscoll deserves better

If it was possible I would give it no stars
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but this gets a D- 2 April 2013
I felt that 1-star would be too visceral as Brian O' Driscoll is one of the greatest rugby players to have ever graced the paddock. This book, however, would probably have served the world better if it had been processed into pulp and added to the paddock as fertilizer.

It is simplistic and self indulgent. It seems to be a book of "let me tell you about the time I...." type of stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Good Books of a Champion 6 Jan 2013
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Brian O'Driscoll is an Irish legend of Rugby.
Very unassuming and a great role model for young people
Highly recommended
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly good read, one for all rugby fans! 28 May 2009
This book was an enjoyable read from start to finish for me. Brian O'Driscoll epitomises everything a modern professional player should be and this really comes across in the book. His attitude is spot on and at long last he's being rewarded with some silverware.
The new, paperback version includes an excellent update telling the story of Ireland's Six Nations triumph of 2009, and there's also a good section on the ill-fated Lions tour of 2005.
My only criticism is that there are perhaps too many match reports in there, but don't let that put you off; If you're a big fan of Ireland, Leinster or both, this book is a must-have!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and researched 22 Jan 2010
This is a poorly written book, with a vast amount of glaring factual errors. It is also stitched together in a rather unusual way especially the last chapter or two. Anyway after finishing this book, I was left with the impression that the author knew O'Driscoll only as well as me. He seemed to write about what he had heard in the media right the way through the book. I would have been much more interested in a book that gave us a little more insight into Brian O'Driscoll.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of space 27 Dec 2009
It is not that I expect sports bios to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize on a regular basis, but this one is a stinker! Not clear whether any greater research had been done than reading other peoples articles, nor that he knows one end of a rugby ball from the other. Doubtful whether author has ever met anyone from the Irish team let alone BoD and so it was never likely that any insights would be found here. This was bought as a stocking filler for Christmas. A mistake!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great book! 31 Aug 2009
Brian O'Driscoll is the greatest outside centre in world rugby and his story is superbly told.
I thought there were a few too many match reports in parts but as a rugby fan, I really enjoyed re-living so many happy memories.
This book isn't for everyone, and the casual rugby fan might not appreciate it that much. However, if you love your rugby and want to know how one of the all-time greats goes about his business, this book is DEFINITELY for you!
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1.0 out of 5 stars In the author we dont!
Waste of paper that Brian probably never even looked at with the Grand Slam tacked on at the end. No insight into Brian at all I could have written it myself from match reports and... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2011 by stephen
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
Brian O'Driscoll: In BOD We TrustNot even basic fact checking was performed on this sycophantic nonsense (Apparently Mike Ruddock coached the Ireland to victory in the predecessor... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by Mr. M. Halpenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stocking filler!
I got this book for Christmas and it's certainly the best book I've read in ages.
Although I'm not Irish, I am a huge rugby fan and I'm a big admirer of Brian O'Driscoll. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by Welsh Dragon
1.0 out of 5 stars pity bod didnt write this book
Brian O Driscoll is one of my all time great Irish sportsmen, eventhough rugby is not my main sport. I believe he is a rare breed of animal in that he is a born winner. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Gerry Meehan
1.0 out of 5 stars In BOD we trust - poor book
I was disappointed in a number of areas:

Coverage: The book ends before the Heineken Cup victory and Lions tour. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2009 by Johnston H. G. Glendinning
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about an exceptional rugby player
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was well written and the author has obviously researched BOD well. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published on 22 July 2009 by Old Etonian
2.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a Biography of Brian O'Driscoll
Marcus Stead has not written Brian O'Driscoll's biography.

This is largely a series of match summaries, including some in which Brian didn't even play, with a few... Read more
Published on 11 July 2009 by A. Byrne
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