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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444733850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444733853
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,548,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Francis co-wrote Alex Higgins' autobiography Alex Through the Looking Glass. Francis has written for The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2011
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These words were the ending of Richard Dormer's one-man play about Alex Higgins. Trademark fedora, cigarette in one hand, beer cans, betting slips, money. Alex Higgins was audacious and rebellious to the end. Tony Francis's book encapsulates the puzzle and enigma of the man. Over 60 interviews from family,friends (some hangers-on), fellow professionals, referees add to the almost mythical 'Hurricane Higgins' (Higgy).

He breathed life into snooker and this was reciprocated. From a down and out sport he, with John Spencer, put glamour and entertainment into the game. When he won the World Championship in the Selly Oak British Legion Club (Birmingham) in 1972 the audience were unaware of the ramifications it would have. Long-demolished (Giant Haystacks had been wrestling a few weeks before and drew the same number of spectators). The old brigade including Fred Davies, Eddie Charlton, Rex Williams were in for a shock. Television and sponsorship took its grip. Alex was top-drawer. Unconventional on the green beize with his death or glory approach. Flamboyant and unpredictable he drew a new audience, many who had not previously cared much for snooker. Racing around the table,all parts of his body moving, his facial expressions belied the care he took in his shot selection, often spectacular and not the obvious ball to the audience.. Alex played the game as he played his life. He filled seats. Adored by his fans. This is well exemplified by Tony Francis's book. Learning his trade in the Jampot billiard Hall in Belfast, he tried his hand in England as a jockey. Chocolate and the Black Guiness Brew put an end to that.
He married Cara Hasler in Sydney in 1975. Son Chris and daughter Christel were followed by divorce.
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I received the book in very good time and the condition was as good as brand new.The book is a sad account of Alex Higgins life His highs and lows in life but sadly mostly lows.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Buckley on 4 Dec. 2011
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The book actually starts off very well and the first chapters are quite gripping with a lot of interesting reading into the end of the Hurricanes life.

However I feel the second half of the book was a lot of re-hashed stuff from Alex Through the Looking Glass, quite a few inaccuracies and the same old stories.

So a good read at the start but less so after half way through.
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