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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (4 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0721404464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721404462
  • ASIN: 0752858807
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,644 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The autobiography not only chronicles his meteoric rise but gives us an insight into the equally extraordinary events in his private life. The fact that O'Sullivan does his own reading gives the work a powerfull added dimension. (DISABILITY TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By Julian Hart on 22 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By "maroc49" on 27 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By Moray Lyle on 25 April 2004
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MR A MAHRUF on 15 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathrine Grønbech Jensen on 22 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR A MAHRUF on 17 May 2003
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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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