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Half Time: My Autobiography [Paperback]

Nigel Owens , Lynn Davies
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15 Dec 2009
Nigel Owens is a world class, openly gay rugby referee from Wales. In this warm, funny and painfully honest autobiography, he speaks openly about his struggle to accept himself for who he was, resulting in attempted suicide, bulimia and steroid addiction. Owens also recounts many amusing incidents from rugby matches, foreign trips and his off-field career as an entertainer.

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  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Y Lolfa (15 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847712010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847712011
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigel Owens is one of the world's leading rugby referees. Highly respected, he has officiated in many of the sport's key matches, including the 2007 Rugby World Cup, two consecutive Heineken Cup finals (one of only two referees to have done so), this year's British and Irish Lions tour
of South Africa, and the infamous recent `bloodgate scandal' match. He is also the only openly gay rugby union referee on the circuit. Before reaching the highest echelons of the rugby world, Nigel Owens had to come to terms with the despair that drove him to attempt suicide as he struggled with his sexuality, bulimia and an addiction to steroids. An inspirational story, his autobiography is a brave and honest account of his personal struggle to overcome fear and prejudice to become one of the most respected and well known personalities in international rugby union. Nigel Owens's warmth and humour (he worked as a comedian in South Wales in the 80s) shine through his story, which is brimming with anecdotes about matches he has refereed and players he has met along the way: from Gavin Henson's first match, to on-pitch altercations with Austin Healey, Lawrence Dallaglio's intimidation tactics, coping with live televised matches, and needing a police escort from the ground in Auch, France, to his thoughts on the recent Heineken Cup quarter final between Harlequins and Leinster on 12th April 2009, which was to rock the foundations of rugby worldwide when Harlequins wing
Tom Williams bit on a blood capsule and faked injury.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

April 1996
It's half past three in the morning. I got up about an hour ago so that my parents wouldn't see me leaving the house. I hope they're still asleep so that I can do what I have to do. I've left a note telling them that I've reached the end of my tether and that the only solution for me now is to take my own life.
So many things have been playing on my mind for so long. I enjoy life but I have this obsession that I look obscenely fat, with the result that I have been suffering from bulimia for many years. I've also been going regularly to the gym to try and replace fat with muscle. In order to speed up that process, I began taking steroids and became hooked. They caused many side effects which, I'm sure, have contributed to my being in this particular place at this particular time.
There are so many positive aspects to my life, yet I'm feeling depressed and have been for some time. But I'm unable to tell anyone. The main reason for my despair is that I'm thoroughly unhappy with the type of person that I have become. There's another person inside me trying to get out but he doesn't know how. I'm gay but I don't know what to do about it. I don't want to be gay, and during the last few years I have tried so hard not to be. I feel that there's only one thing left for me to do, and that is to end my life before people find out about me.
I've come to the top of Bancyddraenen Mountain which overlooks the village of Mynyddcerrig where I've lived all my life. I have a number of sleeping tablets with me and I intend to take an overdose so that I can be rid of all my problems. In case the tablets don't work, I also have a shotgun.

October 2009
On looking back at that terrible chapter in my life, I can't believe that I sank into such a pit of despair. It came about because I was unable to accept who and what I am, but I will never allow myself to reach that state again. Since that time I've found so much pleasure in pursuing such rewarding and successful careers, both as a referee and as an entertainer. In addition I've received much valuable support and friendship from family and acquaintances. Never again will I put them through such hell. I very much hope, therefore, that Half Time will not only be an interesting read but will also provide comfort and inspiration for people who are having to face up to some of the problems that were such a burden to me in the past. I, thankfully, was able to overcome them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nigel Ownes 30 Jan 2010
A heartfelt rendition of his life, with everything revealed, warts and all. It was a book I could not put down, always looking forward to the next chapter of his life. I would recommend it to anyone, not just rugby or sports fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and brave 13 Jan 2011
By Pablo H
Nigel Owens' autobiography is a revelation. Growing up in Wales with a love of rugby, he surpressed his sexual orientation in order to fit in. So much so, that at one stage, he attempted suicide as he felt it was his only option. Thankfully he didn't succeed.

Honest and heart-felt, Nigel Owens' story is inspirational and he's a fantastic role model for young gay people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving, honest and informative 5 July 2013
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I was in tears at times, his account of his early life is very moving, he is a very Welsh family man who has his family and friends at the heart of his life. He is very honest with his descriptions of his refereeing career and offers great insights into what goes on behind the scenes. He is extremely proud of being Welsh and made me wish I could speak my mother tongue, indeed I was wishing I could have grown up with him and be one of his friends, overall an inspirational man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nigel Owens Biography 29 Dec 2011
Good book, worth a read , we both found it really interesting and moving in parts . Nigel has accompanished much in his career and it is interesting to read about his journey to teh top of his profession
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 25 May 2014
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Excellent read, well done Nigel. Looking forward to the next instalment already. Can't really think of anything else to say
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steph Moore 23 May 2014
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Excellent read. Couldn't put it down. What a delightful man Nigel is. Will cheer him loudly when at Kingsholm next. Thank you. xxxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the second half 12 May 2014
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Really enjoyable read although it did seem for the first few chapters he was intent on giving name checks to everyone he knew. Can't wait for the second half.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 29 April 2014
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A good easy read giving an insight into the life of one of the best refs in the game of Rugby Union.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Half time
Absolutely fantastic book cannot praise enough Nigel Owens has really opened his heart up doing this book . Read more
Published 3 months ago by colin bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Local book local lad
Excellent insight into the ref. lovely to tea the book and recognise names an places.
Looking forward to the squeal
Published 4 months ago by Lmt22
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very moving account of a life almost destroyed. I simply love the beginning where we are introduced to village members and teachers in Nigel's school, the characters seem to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A H Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
It is nice to have a rugby book form a man in the middle and with his own personal issues to deal with. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Philip Featherstone
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Not finished reading but it is most enjoyable so far. It's well worth a read, and an insight into Nigel s life
Published 6 months ago by MRS EJ FARQUHAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous
Laughed out loud, cried and read in a day. What a lovely man and lovely book. Can't wait for full time (rugby wise!)
Published 6 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Detailed and moving insight into Nigel's personal and professional life. Very honest and well written. Good read. Thoroughly recommended. Download now!
Published 11 months ago by Rachel Handley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Bought this just before my holidays. Was glad I bought it, well worth a read. Nigel is very honest in this book. Da iawn Nigel, ardderchog!!
Published 13 months ago by Welshlass1962
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