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Tony McCoy , Richard Dunwoody
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12 Nov 2009
Insightful and revealing account of life in retirement from the three times Champion Jockey, who remains a legend of the sport, considered by many to be the greatest ever jump jockey.

A decade after a reluctant retirement, "Method In My Madness" reveals Richard Dunwoody to be as driven and focused as ever, finding new challenges away from riding winners and combining his sense of adventure with a keen sense of perspective and humour.

He reveals his thoughts on how racing has changed in this time and on the jockeys of today, paying particular attention to AP McCoy's phenomenal achievements.

"All sportsmen fear retirement. Time is our great enemy", 14 times Champion Jockey AP McCoy acknowledges in the foreword, and this thought provoking and self-aware book reflects on what it is like to stare into the void left by a professional career and all consuming-life taken away by early retirement.

Method In My Madness confirms Richard remains a driven and focused individual. Whether he is flirting with polar bears in the Arctic, enduring dramatic human tensions on the Antarctic ice, taking tea and tips from the Queen, leading riding holidays in war torn lands, walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours going nowhere in Newmarket or taking to the Strictly Come Dancing floor with Lilia Kopylova, Richard continues to live a fascinating life.

The story is told with the characteristic candour that defined his bestselling career autobiography Obsessed, and Method In My Madness is packed with opinion on well known names from racing and sport but most tellingly on the people from all walks of life that have become his new role models.

In answering the questions he is asked most often, Richard poses a few of his own. Never again will people wonder why he turned his back on racing.

Richard Dunwoody is a man who has always done things his own way, inspiring some, irritating others. Method In My Madness continues this rich vein of form.

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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: 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,226 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 29 Dec 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended. 10 April 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by Richard Dunwoody 2 Feb 2010
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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3.0 out of 5 stars For the nerd 1 July 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love horses 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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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 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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