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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099532794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099532798
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eric Bristow is Mr Darts ... he has left no tale untold in his explosive book" (Daily Sport)

"Blows the lid off the game" (Daily Star)

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The autobiography of the legendary darts player and a British sporting icon

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jose T. on 10 Jan 2009
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Before reading this I always had a negative opinion of Eric Bristow, mainly due to his almost arrogant on screen persona. Although his arrogance has not diminished in my eyes, I now have nothing but admiration for the guy; mainly due to his colossal ability on the oche, and to a lesser extent his ability in the bar, though compared to some of the players in this book he's a lightweight!!

Put simply, if you're anyway into darts and remember the heady days of the 80's when the players drank & smoked their way through some of the greatest games that the game has witnessed; and if you'd like a bit of background on the debauchery & superb anecdotes that went on behind the scenes, then buy this book.

Eric, you're a legend!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Neutral VINE VOICE on 18 Jan 2009
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From the very first line, "You play like a poof" to the conclusion that "the way I've lived my life I should have been gone long ago" it's clear that Eric Bristow's autobiography is not aimed at the politically correct market. In between Bristow seems to have adopted the simple philosophy of the Schuyler and Knobloch song, "Life's a Bitch And Then You Die".

Autobiographies are supposed to be about the person and this one is. Bristow comes across as self centred but easy going, unless roused, with an untapped intelligence which prevents him from looking beneath the veneer of life. He had enough nous to find a girl friend with less interest in drinking than himself but not enough wisdom to consider reducing the drinking itself.

Bristow's commitment and dedication to darts cost him relationships and his marriage, on each occasion the women in his life wanting more from life than darts. Although he admits his divorce is his biggest regret he hasn't let such an inconvenience interfere with the lifestyle he has chosen for himself.

Bristow's talent for darts probably saved him from a life of crime. The buzz he got from doing things wrong and getting in trouble with the law was replaced by the rush he got from playing darts. It helped that he was naturally good with the arrows - and the maths - but it never completely took the irresponsible edge off his lifestyle. It wasn't only the darts Bristow landed in the beds.

The smoky boozing atmosphere of darts in the 1970's and 1980's, both on and off the stage, suited Bristow and he admits to preferring those days to the sanitised twentyfirst century version. According to Bristow's account he burned the candle at both ends and in the middle as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on 18 Dec 2008
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This is a fantastic read and a great behind the scenes insight into the crazy world of darts.
Bristow is a genius story-teller whose anecdotes are peppered with wit and hilarity.
The stories involving legends of darts such as Jocky Wilson, Cliff Lazarenko and Keith Deller have to be read to be believed.
From the moment I picked it up I couldn't put it down. It was a thrilling read and Bristow really has had a rollercoaster ride of a life.
I can thoroughly recommend this to every fan of darts and even those not familiar with the sport will find the stories and tales quite absorbing.
What a great book.
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Without doubt still the biggest name in world darts and a true legend of the oche this book captures Bristow's life and times with great reading. He has gone through life at 100mph and not bothered what anyone has ever thought of him. His love of darts though shines through and one can't help feel that maybe he should have semi-retired and enjoyed the fruits of his labour - he never and it cost him his biggest regret with the ultimate end of his marriage. The story i find is a little sad and the darts took over his life too much. The book though is compelling reading and a must read for all darts fans.
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Great book. Well worth a read. Bristows not everyones cup of tea but fascinating nonetheless. A good insight into darts both in the eighties and now
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By J. O. Hilton on 21 Feb 2014
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I'm a huge fan of Bristow and this book says it all. A great read which I would recommend to any Bristow fan.
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By ACN on 18 Feb 2014
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Not exactly a literal masterpiece but very honest and entertaining. As someone who grew up in the bellies and bulls eyes era, it was a lovely trip down memory lane
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By J R HOWE on 12 Feb 2014
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Love him or hate him... This is a great insight into the world of Darts and behind the scenes stuff...
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I love him.. Top bloke... !!
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