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It's in the Blood: My Life [Hardcover]

Lawrence Dallaglio
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1 Nov 2007
As a Premiership, World Cup and Grand Slam winner, no one better embodies the charisma and the colour of English rugby's greatest era than Lawrence Dallaglio. He has some story to tell, not just of the formidable exploits on the field, but an extraordinary life off it. His only sister, Francesca, was the youngest to perish in the Marchioness disaster on the River Thames. Her death at 19 remains the great sadness of his life. He reveals all about his personal life, the traumas he has faced, his reasons for retiring from and coming back to international rugby. Most controversially, he became captain of his country in 1997 but sensationally resigned 18 months later. In addition to his England exploits, he also led his club Wasps to the summit of European rugby, winning two Heineken Cups and three consecutive English Premiership titles. Full of drama, controversy, great sadness and heart-stopping moments, Lawrence Dallaglio's story - the last of the great World Cup heroes - is the one every rugby fan has been waiting to read.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755315731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755315734
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 16.3 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Uncontrollably frank...A terrific book' (Daily Telegraph)

'An extraordinary tale...compellingly written' (Guardian)

'It's top' (Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear)

'The story of a true English sporting hero, albeit a flawed one for whom tragedy as well as disgrace has been a companion. Pretty much everything is confronted head on, exactly as Dallaglio played' (Daily Mail)

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The colossus of English rugby tells his story at last

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Insight into a True Warrior 21 Nov 2007
The thing about Lawrence Dallaglio is that he doesn't do things by halves. Typically, he has written the story of his life in a style that is never dull, that is full of humanity and, perhaps surprisingly, offers us more far more emotional depth than you get in sports biographies. When he plays for Wasps or England, Dallaglio gives his all and he has done the same with his book. There is Lawrence the choirboy, Lawrence the miscreant, Lawrence the rugby player, Lawrence the bereft and confused sibling, Lawrence the Lion, Lawrence the Warrior, Lawrence the struggling partner to Alice, Lawrence the abandoned - this is a book that takes you through the full range of his experiences and leaves you with a deep sense of Lawrence the Man. Sometimes we sympathise with him, occasionally we don't but we always care. And that's the greatest testimony to the book. On the pitch, he was one of the great No.8s and he has produced an autobiography that will be ranked up there with the very best of the genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for more than rugby fans 17 April 2009
By Mr. Jon Forster VINE VOICE
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I am certainly not a Wasps fan but very much enjoyed this book. He seems to come across as much more personable than when he is on TV. His story is well written and is very enlightening into him as a person. I would certainly recommend it to nay rugby fan but would further than that to say it is a great read for anyone looking for inspiration in life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The gentlemen that is, Lawrence Dallaglio 11 Feb 2009
Lawrence Dallaglio tells his life story as it is. All his trails & tribulations are in this book, both personal & professional.

If you enjoy reading Sports autobiographies, then I thoroughly recommend this book. Highly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LBND - Honest? 16 Dec 2008
I echo all the above about the detail, emotion, humour, variety of topic covered and sincerity of feeling. But at the risk of sounding harsh to Lol, I do wonder how honest he was over the circumstances of the 1999 newspaper 'sting'. For instance, he says the 'drugs' stories were based on adolescent transgressions by others into which he inserted himself - fine, but he makes no attempt to explain the 'Amsterdam' incident (I can't be more explicit, kids could be reading this) with fellow Lions. And his response to the 'honeytap' allegation, is quite interesting too: speaking of his attitude toward journalist Louise Oswald; he says there was no offer of intimacy (as it were) from her, he didn't find her attractive, and, they weren't given the opportunity anyway. All of which immediately raised 3 questions in my mind: 1) what if she had offered 'it' on a plate? 2) What if you had found her attractive, (we all occasionally fancy someone other than our partner.) And 3) what if you had been left alone together? WOULD YOU HAVE AT LEAST BEEN TEMPTED??? If someone accused me of being even tempted in such circumstances, my only response would be, 'no way, because I love my wife far too much and wouldn't even contemplate another woman.'
I'm sorry to sound like a heretic and blight the unbroken praise of all previous reviews, but to any thinking reader, these are surely questions that must come to mind.
But, that said, I looked forward to this book for well over a year, and, was not disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but holds back.... 26 Aug 2008
I remember the 2003 World Cup campaign well and Lawrence Dallaglio was one of the English heroes who played a big part in it. He was (proudly) the only player to have played every minute of every match - although there were reasons for this. I enjoy biographies and have read several of sporting legends (Ali, Tony Cascarino) but none has been that exceptional. Sadly, this is the case here too as while it has its moments, it quite workman-like although generally readable.

He came from a secure and loving family and is at pains to point this out. His parents were very supportive and they worked hard to give him the best education they could afford. He admits he did not give them a good return on their investment and cruised through school, only excelling on the rugby pitch. He tells us about the tragic loss of his sister in the Marchioness and the devastating effect it had on him then, and to this day. His mother's long and brave fight for a full public enquiry is an eye-opener in the face of indolence and opposition from the authorities, though Dallaglio admits he played little part in this.

His arrival at and career with his beloved Wasps club side is well documented and you have to admire the man for staying at the club he adored although there do not appear to have been many offers from other clubs. Sometimes, it can be a bit of a mates backslapping tome, as he tells of his love of a "pint and a yarn" with his friends but he seems to have made no enemies whatsoever on the way. If he did, he didn't tell us.....

I was also a bit disappointed in the way the News of the World "drug dealer" scandal was glossed over, Dallaglio blaming the drink entirely, however as one NOTW lawyer said being drunk does not give you an in-depth knowledge of the drugs world.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for a charistmatic man 4 Nov 2007
By Mr. B. M. Abel VINE VOICE
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I can t even remember why i did buy that book, But one thing is sure ,. I m really glad I did , I received it 3 days ago and I ve been with my nose down since.
Okay, rugby might be called" a hooligan game played by gentlemen" BUT I can assure you that that book is by no mean rough or boring or a drag.
It is extremely well written, amazing, stunning at time and very touching at some points,.
This the portrait of one of the most charistmatic player and member of the Rose team.
If you do like an entertaining biography, and discover an amazing character.. well. enjoy the reading
I certainly did
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved reading this book
Published 28 days ago by JEFFREY JONES
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
My Husband loved this book as it was a present for him and he still reads part again and again. He is a rugby nut.
Published 13 months ago by watchdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rugby Read!!!
Loved it. Very interesting read any Rugby Fans will love it. Well done Lawrence!! Gives a inside look at the England Team and some funny stories.
Published 16 months ago by E. A. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Best at start and end
This is one of many autobiographies produced by the 2003 World Cup winning England rugby side. In parts, this is a riveting read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sport Nut
3.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Lawrence but not for this
Lawrence Dallaglio is one of my heroes; I have the picture of him in my head, powering over the try line with half the Welsh team trying to hold him back. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Keith Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader
Arrived on time,it was a present for someone and they were very impressed with the item and would recommend it.
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A great player and a great man
Okay, you've probably guessed by the title of my review that I'm a big fan of Dallaglio. But, my admiration for him as a player did not influence my assessment of this book (I also... Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2010 by Maxwell Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is irrelevant - reasons given below
I am sure it is a fantastic book, but I bought it as a present for someone else, and I am unlikely to read it
Published on 21 Aug 2009 by Mrs. Morag Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid but dull
I looked forward to Lawrence Dallaglio's book but found it quite tedious at times. He is great man, and I will always remember him as the ultimate rugby warrior but David Walsh... Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2008 by James A. Hicken
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I love this book. I dont know a great deal about rugby but this didn't prevent me from engaging with the narrative. L.D. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2008 by C. Fearns
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