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Let Me Tell You About Alex - Crazy Days and Nights on the Road with the Hurricane: Wild Days and Nights on the Road with the World's Greatest Snooker Player Alex 'Hurricance' Higgins
 
 

Let Me Tell You About Alex - Crazy Days and Nights on the Road with the Hurricane: Wild Days and Nights on the Road with the World's Greatest Snooker Player Alex 'Hurricance' Higgins [Kindle Edition]

John Virgo , Jimmy White
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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There is a tribute book to be written about the nicest man in snooker – but this isnt it! Whatever else he was, The Hurricane wasnt nice. He was unpredictable, wild, demonic and obsessive. The Peoples Champion was an unstoppable force who transformed snooker from a niche sport into a must watch phenomenon. Drawing upon unrivalled access to The Hurricanes friends and player colleagues, this is an affectionate and honest portrayal of the most legendary player ever to hit the world of snooker. This is a real tribute book and an honest and affectionate portrait of the snooker legend by John Virgo who was a great friend, rival and compatriot to the most complicated genius ever to grace the game. Virgo was frequently driven to despair by Higgins antics, the gambling, the drug using, the sheer uninhibited madness of the man but there was always a buzz around the man, there was ALWAYS something happening !

About the Author

John Virgo is a former top snooker professional. In 1979 he reached the semi-finals of the Embassy World Snooker Championship and later that year became the UK champion. John was a well-respected board member of the World Snooker Association where he served for two years as chairman during the Alex Higgins years. John is a BBC snooker commentator and during the 1990s was the co-star of the BBC's Big Break. He is renowned for his humour and his impersonations of other snooker players. His most famous and best-loved impersonation is that of Alex Higgins.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1255 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (19 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGXMQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 30 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One Alex Higgins Book tells the same story as every other Alex Higgins Book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hurricane 15 May 2014
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It felt like John Virgo was actually telling you the story rather than it being a read. Not much we never already knew about the great man. But snippets of information that were good to know, funny and sometimes sad. Worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Higgins 9 May 2014
By Susan M
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This was an entertaining read which gave an interesting picture of Alex Higgins. If you are a snooker fan it is well worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gread read. 30 Jan 2014
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A great read for any Alex Higgins fan, lots of stories about the man, some stories i have heard before some I've not. The book also includes a section where other snooker players give there opinions on Alex. All in all a great read, well done J.V.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Like him or loathe him, one thing was for certain, it was impossible to ignore the impact that Alex Higgins had, both on and off the snooker table.

John Virgo first met Higgins in the early 1970's and remained friends with him until the Irishman's death in 2010. But being a friend of Higgins was never easy, as Virgo chronicles. Whilst capable of genius on the snooker table, off it Alex Higgins was barely controllable, always ending up in one scrape or another.

Some are quite amusing, most just leave a bad taste in the mouth, such as Higgins' pocketing of a pound note and a pen from a disabled young fan desperate for an autograph and then walking off with the money without providing the autograph.

With two well-written biographies about Alex Higgins already published, by Bill Borrows and John Hennessey, John Virgo's book doesn't add much to what we already know about the Hurricane.

Whilst he lightly touches upon the rivalry between Higgins and the likes of Spencer, Reardon and Steve Davis, he never develops this. Indeed, one of Higgins' best tournament victories, the 1983 UK Championship, where he came from behind to pip Steve Davis, isn't mentioned at all.

Added to this there are numerous elementary errors about the game that make you wonder how Virgo has managed to eke out a living as a snooker expert for so long. For example, when discussing the 1982 World Championship final between Higgins and Reardon he states that Reardon hadn't won a major title for ten years, despite the fact that Reardon's sixth and last World title was won in 1978.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest 3 Feb 2013
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A great insight into probably the greatest ever snooker character and the way John Virgo talks about this snooker great, he was admired both on and off the table but not without incidents.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time 6 Jun 2013
By M
Format:Kindle Edition
I will add comments but also read D.Smith's review which touches on other things I would have said. The book in general is repetitive, with little in any chronological order making it a bit awkward to follow and there is a lot of rambling, a bit like one of Virgo's commentary's. There are actually very few 'incidents' involving Higgins, I have read more in other books but Virgo does an excellent job (hence 2 stars and not 1) in making it clear what an unpleasant character Higgins was. The theft of the £1 from the wheelchair bound fan and threatening to have a child shot for fidgeting in the front row were fairly typical of the man. But according to Virgo this was all okay because it 'was Alex'. At the end of the book Virgo claims that nothing Higgins did mattered, well try telling that to the many people he physically and mentally hurt. Virgo also illustrates very well how Higgins used everybody around him and had no real friends, so in fairness Virgo does an excellent job of telling the reader what Higgins was really like.
Overall a really poor effort, littered with mistakes as D.Smith has pointed out and is purely an attempt by Virgo to make a fast buck.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Higgins Book 11 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Superb book which gives a rare insight into Alex Higgin's life as one of the best snooker players ever!!!!! Superb!!!!!!!!
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