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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Brightman; First Edition edition (12 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956306500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956306500
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"engaging, witty and thought-provoking read, with reflections from the mind of a true champion" -- Daily Mail "Superbly-crafted, it is no ordinary racing autobiography. Though his thoughts on the sport are, as always, hard-hitting and sometimes controversial, it will appeal to a much wider audience. We reckon it's another winner for Dunwoody!" --Daily Mirror "Hard-hitting" & "Superb" - Racing Post "get into a sportsman's head" ... "fascinates on racing issues" --Spectator

"Hard-hitting" & "Superb" --Racing Post

But this is more than just one man s story. Method in My Madness is a handbook for sportspeople and non sportspeople alike facing up to retirement with trepidation...his honesty will strike a chord with all who have been forced to face up to the dreaded R word. It s also essential reading for sports journalists everywhere . --Irish World

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Richard Dunwoody is firmly established as one of the all time greats of National Hunt racing, winning two Grand Nationals, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle amongst his record breaking 1699 winners.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marco Herbst on 29 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
I got this for Christmas and devoured it in two days - it is a stunning book. As Richard Dunwoody has been out of the sport for 10 years there is little of the inside gossip that people often seek in autobiographies, but he more than makes up for it with his insights and opinions on the sport as an experienced insider who takes a step back to reflect on the highs and lows of racing. His views on how the sport is run and some of the people within it are enthralling, so much more so as he looks at controversial subjects from all angles before delivering an often devastating verdict. Not everyone will agree with his thoughts but after reading this book no one can claim that he has not intelligently argued his case, or lacks the experience or knowledge to speak out.

Away from the specifics of horse racing there are two other great strengths - firstly the look at problems all sportspeople face when they retire. Dunwoody movingly describes losing the sense of self respect and self esteem that comes from high achievement at a young age. Again not everyone will be sympathetic to what could be described as golden worries but they are undoubtedly candidly explained, and undeniably heartfelt.

The other great strength is that you really feel you are inside his head, and never more so than in the astonishing account of his walk to South Pole, a terrifyingly vivid picture of despair followed by elation. They are an incredible few chapters.

I couldn't recommend this more highly - from the gripping opening chapter to the surprising twist in the conclusion it is unputdownable. Honest, depressing at times, hilarious at others, it is a courageous and beautifully written account of an often uncomfortable period in Dunwoody's life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. McArdle on 10 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Highly recommended. The book delivers on many levels, offering an honest insight into one man's journey through his new life and the highs and lows that come along the way. Expertly crafted, it is fast paced, yet reflective, witty, yet sincere and thouroughly engaging throughout. The book is a must read, not only for sports and racing fans but for anyone who understands that we need to change to survive and that the more you practice, the luckier you get.Method in My Madness: 10 Years Out of the Saddle
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. A. Tomlin on 2 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book by a brilliant and complicated hero. This book is not by A P McCoy as Amazon would have it, but by Richard Dunwoody with a short preview by his friend A P McCoy.
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Only a NH person or someone who reads sportsmen's autobiographies [ ie me: a limited market] would buy this book, but it is readable
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By Maurice Bird on 12 July 2013
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Being interested in horses and a fan of Richard Dunwoody I thought the read would be interesting. I was not , it was great. Unlike the ebook The girl who wanted a horse, which was a great read this one is not fictional. It takes you inside the jockey's mind. I would recommend both to other who like horses.
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By Mary Davies on 14 Jun 2013
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well written, funny but sometimes sad, real farm life , great !!! I just read it for hours on end, could not put it down
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By gingerwifey on 24 April 2013
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excellent a must for anyone interested in racing,throughly interesting couldn't put down,excellent value for money ,will read again so going to keep on my files
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