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Come What May: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Dónal Óg Cusack
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This is not simply one of the best and most readable sports books to be published anywhere this year, it is one of the best and most important books to be published in Ireland this year (Sunday Tribune)

Certain to become a sports classic (The Times)

Dónal Óg Cusack is on a par with Roy Keane in the ranks of Rebel sportsmen ... Ferociously dedicated but divisive, he's delivered a book just as intense, controversial ... as Keano did in the wake of Saipan (Evening Echo)

An easy and enthralling read (Sunday Business Post)

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Dónal Óg Cusack has been one of Ireland's leading hurlers for the past decade, winning five Munster titles and three All-Ireland medals with Cork, and establishing himself as one of the game's most compelling and articulate figures. In this book, he tells the story of his life and extraordinary career.

'This is not simply one of the best and most readable sports books to be published anywhere this year, it is one of the best and most important books to be published in Ireland this year' Sunday Tribune

'Certain to become a sports classic' The Times

'Certainly the book of the year' Irish Times

The engine of the book is truthfulness: raw, compelling and uncomfortable' Sunday Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26006 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141044519
  • Publisher: Penguin (21 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LLIHP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusal insight into a sporting life. 4 Dec. 2010
Most sporting biographies offer either a very detailed sporting view of a small period of time, or a vague detached overview of a sporting life. This is understandable as these people give so much of themselves in their sporting lives that to offer up more in book form seems often to ask too much. There are indiviuals with personal lives, behind the sportspeople after all: and what right do we as fans have to view into that life?

Donal Og dispenses with what is normal in this exceptional book. Here we get everything- the motivations, culture, personal life and emotions that result in a player at the top of his game.

Written in a stream of consiousness style (which is undoubedtly down to the excellent stewardship of Tom Humphries)the book covers the strikes, relationships with players, friends and foe, the relentless desire for success, but most importantly it describes beautifully what it means to be a Cork hurler. I'm not from Cork but this book captures and essence of Irishness and culture thats summed up on sunny late summer Sundays that prevades our whole nation.

It's not just a book for Cork people or hurling people. There are big themes here, particuarly death, community and sexuality, all handled brilliantly. This is book about honesty, what it takes to stand for your beliefs, whether right or wrong (and he is sometimes wrong in my view).

If anyone wants a genuine insight into a sporting life, look no further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Donal Og 10 Feb. 2013
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There is an old war substitute game called Hurling that lingers still in Ireland. It grows out of a sense place and tribe and a need to compete. It has amongst its adherents a good 50% of Irish people who are strongly resistant to the reputed merits of its more prosaic companion, Gaelic Football. It has suffered much in the past from a dearth of literate, passionate chroniclers; Donal Og now joins that tiny minority who can convey to non aficionados something of the essence of this great game. For those of us who love it, it is our equivalent of the Spanish Corrida, Cretan Bull jumping, Athenian foot racing and Turkish wrestling rolled into one. The fact that he ranks for most of us with Reddan, Cunningham Walsh and Skeehan as one of the great games best ever goalkeepers, puts him even above Cashman and Dorgan as a Hurling writer.
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