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Ronnie: The Autobiography of Ronnie O'Sullivan [Hardcover]

Ronnie O'Sullivan
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1 April 2003
Ronnie is snooker's most written and talked about player, and its greatest showman. His supreme talent and style have made him the People's Champion and, as one commentator put it, 'the question is not how much does Ronnie O'Sullivan need snooker, but how much does snooker need Ronnie O'Sullivan?' At 15, Ronnie became the youngest player to compile a recognised maximum break during the English Amateur Championships. He turned professional in 1992 and won 38 successive matches that year alone. In 1993, at just 17, he became the youngest winner of a world ranking tournament when he defeated Stephen Hendry to win the UK Championships. In 1997 he recorded the fastest 147 break in history - in just 5 minutes and 20 seconds - and has gone on to better that three times. In 2001 he confirmed his legendary status by winning the Embassy World Title. But Ronnie's autobiography will reveal more just than just the sporting side of the man the BBC speculates 'could become the world's greatest ever'; it will also be a full and candid account of an extraordinary life. It will tell of the infant who was introduced to legendary snooker clubs at an impossibly early age, of the boy who was taking on and defeating all comers at 12 and frightening off the bookies in the process, of the teenager whose life was decimated when his father and mentor was sent to prison for life; of the man dubbed the 'genius' of the modern game who regularly threatens to quit the sport to pursue other interests at the grand old age of 28.

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First Edition, First Impression edition (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752855824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752855820
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Ronnie O'Sullivan's autobiography, Ronnie, the language is uncompromising, the subject matter challenging and the approach unflinching. Even in an age when inner demons are considered to be an essential part of a star's entourage, Ronnie O'Sullivan's autobiography is a class apart. Undisputedly the most charismatic talent in the game of snooker, the public's successor to Alex Higgins and Jimmy White in the lineage of gunslinger, wide-boy heroes, O'Sullivan began rewriting the record books as a child prodigy, and reached the summit of his game as world champion in 2001--but all along, his life was falling apart.

Ronnie (written with Guardian journalist Simon Hattenstone) is a stark affirmation for those of us who would believe that there must be more to being a top professional sportsman than simply working hard to develop talent--that there are often dark, elemental forces driving achievers to go beyond the point where most of us would cease to care. Ronnie's relationship with his parents is at the heart of the story, underpinning his struggle for contentment, his descent into depression and addiction. We learn that the tabloid facts--his father ran a string of sex shops, was convicted of killing a man in a fight and sentenced to life imprisonment; later his mother was also imprisoned, for tax evasion--are just the half of it.

The style is confessional without being mawkish, and thankfully, O'Sullivan's brand of openness, particularly when chronicling his periods in therapy (including with former England cricket captain turned psychiatrist Mike Brearley) and at the Priory, is free of the awful self-aggrandisement and "me-isms" that blight the official public accounts of many celebrities.

Ultimately this is a tale of redemption, of a young man dismantled by experience, now putting himself back together. O'Sullivan closes the book looking back to the beginning of his public life, his mid-teens, when he first tied his fortunes to professional snooker. He sees it as a golden era, off and on the baize, a period of personal happiness and sporting success the like of which he at last believes has not been lost forever. --Alex Hankin


RONNIE was serialised in THE SUN for 3 days from 24 - 26 March. Although Ronnie was knocked out of the World Championship in Round One, his maximum 147 break ensured that there was lots of publicity about him around publication.. Ronnie has been interviewed on RADIO 4 MIDWEEK, RADIO 5 FI GLOVER SHOW, RADIO2 STEVE WRIGHT SHOW, TALKSPORT and ONEWORD RADIO on 7th May. HELLO & OK magazines have both put bids in for an 'At Home' with Ronnie and his family, which he is considering at the moment. Ronnie has done the following bookshopsignings:24 April: 12.30pm WHS Sheffield 217 COPIES SOLD7 May: 1pm Waterstone's Leadenhall 180 COPIES SOLD & 6.30pm Borders Oxford St8 May: 1pm BooksEtc Canary Wharf 174 COPIES SOLD & 6.30pm Ottakar's Bromley 100 COPIES SOLD12 May: 12.30pm Waterstone's Gateshead Centre 120 COPIES SOLD & 5pm Borders York 110 COPIES SOLD13 May: 1pm Waterstone's Leeds 130 COPIES SOLD & 5.30pm Waterstone's Manchester 125 COPIES SOLD14 May: 1pm WHS Nottingham 150 COPIES SOLD & 5.30pm Borders Leicester approximately 40 copies sold, which was a lower turnout than expected, but about 150 stock copies signed15 May: 12.30 Hammicks Luton 100 COPIES SOLD & 6.30pm WHS Lakeside 100 COPIES SOLD16 May: 21.30pm Waterstone's Bluewater 70 COPIES SOLD & 4.30pm CostcoWatford 148 COPIES SOLD CONFIRMED PRESS INTERVIEWS: THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - sports interview 13 AprilTHE INDEPENDENT Brian Viner Sports interview 19 AprilTHE GUARDIAN atricle about Ronnie and the book by Simon Hattenstone in the Sports section on 19 April.THE HERALD - feature interview and cover 19 AprilPA FEATURES - syndicated interview 7th MaySUNDAY POST (DUNDEE) - interview 13 April RONNIE was book of the week on RADIO 5 SIMON MAYO SHOW on 28 April, and Simon Hattenstone was also interviewed about the book on the show on 1st May. Ronnie has been interviewed for the feature 'My Favourite Teacher' in the TES which will run in June. Regional coverage has included:THE WHARF - interviewBELFAST TELEGRAPH - interviewSWINDON EVENING ADVERTISER - interviewDUBLIN DAILY - interviewDERRY JOURNAL - review IRELAND Ronnie is playing a series of exhibition matches in Ireland from 19-23 May and will be interview on RTE's Marion Finucan show on 21st May and will also be signing books at Easens in

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 11 Jan 2004
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Although this book could have been written a bit better i think its well worth a read.
Thanks to Ronnie being so open with the way he deals with life this book gives you a great window type view of how a great Snooker player struggles to play the game at the top while trying to deal with every day problems life puts in your way.
The book helps you to understand what has troubled Ronnie for so many years bringing sense to the TV interviews he has made in the past.
Its true that the book is an easy read and fairly short however with the vast age range that makes up Ronnies fans im sure this will go in its favour.
Well done Ronnie
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I am not usually a book reader, but read this book in a couple of days, people who play snooker will read it and think wow!, how can this person play the game as well as he does and have so many other problems to deal with in his life. Non-snooker fans will probably know Ronnie anyway due to his natural flair and apparent ease with which he plays the game and therefore it will be fascinating for them as well. Ronnie has been open, honest and quite rightly proud of his achievements. It is nice to hear a snooker player say what he thinks about other players, Ronnie has spoken his mind truly in this book. I think he has put on a mask to his problems for so long and is now facing them well, and moving on with his life and career. Buy the book.Well done Ronnie!.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! 27 April 2003
Ronnie O'sullivan is without a doubt the most naturally talented snooker player to ever lift a cue. This book gives us an insight into his life, focusing on both the highs and lows of his career. The book features every detail of Ronnie's life including his record-breaking UK championship victory, his time in rehab, his ongoing battle with depression and his World Championship victory. This book also shows how down-to-earth Ronnie O'sullivan is and makes the reader believe that 'you can do anything you set your mind to'. Also contained in the book are pictures of Ronnie and his friends and family who have supported him throughout his life.
A must for any Ronnie O'sullivan fan.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything a true autobiography should be 25 April 2004
Perhaps you're thinking that you have no interest in Ronnie O'Sullivan andcertainly not in snooker, but first and foremost it must be said thatsnooker is a mere coincidence in this book, this is the story of the manand his struggle with the game, not the game itself.
It is a frank andopen account of the ups and downs in the life and tumultuous career ofsnooker's prodigal son, (and sometimes atithesis) and his battle with alife that has never been easy even in success.
If you are looking for a book with linguistic flair, a life-story writtenby someone who can wax lyrical with an eloquent narrative as smooth assilk this is not the book for you. There isn't a single embellishedsentence, no contrived statements and certainly no sense of readermanipulation. It is a true story written true to the man with often brutalbluntness and O'Sullivan never attempts to soften the blows hedelivers.
Honest to the point of being abrasive he is never moreforthright than when discussing his own failings and, thankfully, hisachievements. It is at once shocking and immensely moving, at timesshowing the poignant innocence of a child, written with such raw emotionthat the reader can't help but sympathise with him, willing him throughall of his problems with the fierce desire and encouragement of a closefriend.
It is the most open, the most genuine, the most truthfulautobiography I have ever read and I recommend it to anyone at all thatwishes to read a memoir that feels like a personal diary where theintricacies of literature never overshadow the events. This book iseverything an autobiography should be and O'Sullivan refuses to let up foran instant, not for a single second will he allow you forget that this itis not a story, it is a life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 22 Jan 2006
This is a great book, in which Ronnie O'Sullivan tells the reader everything about his childhood, how he began his snooker career, and especially his depression and drug abuse.
It is a book which shows how to turn your life around, and how to become a winner again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book By Ronnie! 15 April 2003
I am a fan of Ronnie and so it took me just a few seconds to decide to buy the book the minute I saw it. It also took me lest than a day to finish it, i just cant stop reading. This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read so far! The autobiography is excellent as it focuses on Ronnie's early life as well as the critical moments of his life e.g. losing his dad to prison and going to the Priory to cure his addiction and also how snooker affects his life. The later part of the book focuses on his road of erasing his title as the peoples champion to become World Champion, and how he handles the pressure in important matches. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 17 May 2003
This is a very nice autobiography! I had read it several times already.It tells the story of Ronnie's developement of snooker till he became world champion as well as his personal life. You will also find out that whatever that the newspapers says that he quote "nobody likes the Williams", is not true. If you read Ronnie's book, you will know he never said such things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brillaint Read
You don't really understand a person until you read their story!!! I enjoyed every page of this book. Ronnie is AMAZING!!!
Published 12 days ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
my boyfriend really loved this book - a really good read apparently. good quality book, good read, so a good gift
Published 1 month ago by April Dace
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
my dad a great fan of his , I bought him this as a present, and he hasn't put it down yet
Published 5 months ago by jacqueline
3.0 out of 5 stars Not upto date and did lose its appeal
Its ok!
Not one of them books where you want to just finish it all in one go but it does give a decent insight into Ronnie.
Needs updating though
Published 6 months ago by LCFC
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Get İt
From Legendry Player wonderful book just love it, he is honest person and ı advice this book. I will buy the new one tow
Published 8 months ago by Mert Ergun
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really good book and easy to read. Lots of information and my husband actually read it which was a bonus. Would recommend this book to others.
Published 10 months ago by Danielle Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Snooker Player
Bought as a gift for a German friend and he is delighted with. He says easy to read with humour and facts.
Published 10 months ago by J. Timewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Read me! :)
This autobiography gives you a massive insight into why Ronnie does the seemingly odd things he does - well worth a read!
Published 13 months ago by Emmy
5.0 out of 5 stars theres only one ronnie o
really enjoyed reading this book. even though I already knew lots about Ronnie, it was good to hear it in his words and not through a newspaper. Read more
Published 13 months ago by julie adams
4.0 out of 5 stars A good enough read
A decent read - it reveals all the information on the issues with his parents. Another sports autobiography in which you get the sense that someone is blessed with natural talent... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cool Readz
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