Born on a council estate in Belfast, Alex Higgins left school at 15. At 17, he won the Northern Ireland and All Ireland snooker championships, and turned professional when he was 20. In 1972, aged just 23, he became the youngest person ever to win the world championship. He triumphed again in an emotional final ten years later, in the process becoming the biggest box-office draw the game has ever known. Alex Higgins was a showman, gambler, comedian, bully, charmer and alcoholic. His antics - and ferocious temper - were legendary, yet he was loved by millions. Now, suffering with cancer, he divides his time between Manchester and Belfast, where he survives by playing GBP 10 snooker matches in pubs. Bill Borrows reconstructs vividly the terrifying roller-coaster ride that Borrows life. Outrageous, gripping and ultimately, emotionally wrenching, this is the definitive account of the one of the most charismatic and self-destructive figures ever to appear in British sport.