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The Rocky Road

The Rocky Road [Kindle Edition]

Eamon Dunphy
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An absolute cracker ... provocative, endlessly entertaining, occasionally over the top but brimming with passion and heart. A memoir worthy of the life and times it describes (Irish Times)

Outstanding ... To paraphrase the great man himself, it's not a good book, it's a great book (Irish Independent)

Absorbing and heartfelt (Sunday Business Post)

Excellent ... a exceptionally engaging read (Irish Mail on Sunday)

A cut above the typical 4-4-2 sporting autobiography ... full of delicious anecdotes (Sunday Times)

It's a testament to his succinctly brutalist skill as a writer that The Rocky Road remains fascinating even in its most wrong-headed moments (Sunday Business Post)

Warm, passionate, angry and funny (Irish Daily Mail)

Doesn't pull any punches (Hot Press)

The book of the year, not just in sport, but in any category (Irish Independent)

A compelling memoir (Irish Examiner)

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The Rocky Road is the autobiography of Eamon Dunphy - the man the Guardian called 'the most entertaining, blindingly brilliant pundit of all time'.

For more than thirty years, no commentator on Irish sport, politics and culture has been the object of so much love, hatred and fascination as Eamon Dunphy. Now, in The Rocky Road - one of the most hotly anticipated Irish autobiographies of recent times - Dunphy takes us behind the scenes of a passionate life - from childhood poverty in Dublin to the Football League to the forefront of journalism and debate in Ireland.

'An absolute cracker ... provocative, endlessly entertaining, occasionally over the top but brimming with passion and heart. A memoir worthy of the life and times it describes.' Irish Times

'Outstanding ... To paraphrase the great man himself, it's not a good book, it's a great book' Irish Independent

'Absorbing and heartfelt' Sunday Business Post

'Excellent ... a exceptionally engaging read' Irish Mail on Sunday

'A cut above the typical 4-4-2 sporting autobiography ... full of delicious anecdotes' Sunday Times

'It's a testament to his succinctly brutalist skill as a writer that The Rocky Road remains fascinating even in its most wrong-headed moments' Sunday Business Post

Warm, passionate, angry and funny' Irish Daily Mail

'Doesn't pull any punches' Hot Press

'A compelling memoir'
Irish Examiner

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17717 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (7 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical and fascinating 10 Oct 2013
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I am not sure if I am well qualified to review this book as I am not Irish, have only visited Dublin and have no knowledge of the Irish political or newspaper scene all of which feature extensively in Dunphy's memoirs.

I know of him simply as a skilful, slightly built midfield play-maker at York, Millwall and Reading who I watched in my youth and then as the author of a groundbreaking account of the angst and reality of being a footballer. "Only a Game" changed the way I looked at the sport and opened my eyes as to how footballers thought and were treated ,generally as replaceable serfs.

His new book is again beautifully written and indeed paints elegiac pictures of his poor but happy childhood. It then provides one of the best written accounts I have read about a football career and how he served at the whim and behest of a variety of megalomaniac managers and chairmen.

Not without learning pains he then reinvents himself as a writer and journalist where he is not slow to castigate cant and hypocrisy wherever he finds it.

There is much here about his feud with Jack Charlton who he thinks brought Irish football back into the dark ages despite his success.

The book ends abruptly in 1990 so there is hopefully more to come and more gaps to fill.

Whilst as I said a proportion of this book was lost on me, more than enough remained for me to luxuriate over - a lovely, lyrical and thought provoking read that demonstrated Dunphy against the world and how he sometimes but not always came out on top.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual footballer's autobiography 24 Dec 2013
By Alan H
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Let's get the facts straight before I start: I bought this book because Eamon Dunphy was a gifted player for my hometown team Reading in the 1970s and because he wrote an intelligent and honest column for the Reading Evening Post each week. I also met him a couple of times after games when my sister and I used to do the classic young football fan thing and wait after a game to spot our heroes. I have followed his career ever since, buying his biographies of U2 and Matt Busby and, of course, the original book 'Only A Game?' which was perhaps the first book by a professional footballer to 'tell it like it is' for the unglamorous lower division footballer.

Now for this new book - an autobiography of a fascinating life written by an accomplished writer. The reason for reviewing this book (it's my first online review) is that I wonder whether this excellent book will suffer from falling between two stools; ignored by the football fan because he wasn't a big name player with a top division club, missed by people who aren't interested in footballer's biographies.

I'll forgive him for only spending seven pages on his two years at Reading because this is a book with a much wider range than a potted football career. Dunphy tells a familiar tale of a financially poor but loving family upbringing, interlaced with politics, sport, injustice and redemption. Spotted by Manchester United he spends five years in youth and reserve teams before leaving for a career in the lower divisions, but gives us a training ground perspective on some of the legends of the game including Best, Law, Charlton and Giles in the aftermath of the Busby Babes and Munich.

There is politics, journalism, religion and football, with characteristically fierce battles over all of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 30 Oct 2013
By Conor
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Great and honest as Eamon always has been with his analysis.look forward to the next installment.very engrossing and informative.i have always admired dunphys honesty and having read the book my opinion that he is a down to earth man who calls it as he sees it, is confirmed.he never claimed to be a great footballer but he always gave it his best shot which has to be this age of so called superstars we could do with more people like Eamon dunphy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anglo Irish Disagreement 27 Aug 2014
By Dog trainer (failed) VINE VOICE
You absolutely must read the one star review here by Sean Morrison. He describes himself as an Irish Nationalist and rails against Dunphy the 'Anti Irish Clown'. Thanks, Sean, for illustrating the Official Ireland mindset that Eamon deconstructs so devastatingly.

It's a brilliant book. Well written, passionately argued, sometimes uninformed, but always riveting. So Eamon is a bit dodgy on the roots, methodology and motivations underpinning Loyalism. On everything else he is a sound man, and a great tonic for we Anglo Nationalists who have to live alongside 'true' Nationalists like Sean Morrison, and, God help us, bog Irish speakers and 'enlightened' Nationalists like Gerry Adams.

What do you do, Sean, if you are Irish, living in N Ireland, and embrace all things Anglo? What if you see that old fraud De Valera with his strapping lads and comely lasses dancing at the crossroads, as a moron? What if you were born a Catholic but do not see why such a corrupt institution should enjoy a 'special' place in the governance of the country? What if you were forced to play that culchie game gaelic football at school and you think the GAA should have its ass kicked from here to kingdom come? What if you despise republicanism just as much as you loathe loyalism?

Should we move to England, as you suggest to Eamon? No! Anglos must unite and buy Eamon's book. Together we can teach Republicans and Loyalists how to hold their knives and forks properly. Maybe even get one or two of them to speak intelligible English. And for God's sake get rid of the bloody Irish language street names. The greatest gift the English ever gave us was their beautiful, complex, subtle, flexible, enchanting, contradictory, paradoxical, irregular and exquisite language.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One long boring rant.
I'm a fan of Dunphy on tv, but this book is just a rant about all facets of life in ireland. He just seems to be one of these people who have worked in England for a time and now... Read more
Published 13 days ago by M. Lowry
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished
A very good read but ends abruptly. Does not cover his radio days. Very little about his personal life during and after his playing days. Worth the read.
Published 3 months ago by James Grainger
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
looking forward to part 2, is it just me or does the cover kinda look like a box Alpen. the end
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and entertaining
A well written account of Eamon Dunphy's life, which was controversial at times. I was only aware of him as a footballer, but he has also developed a second career as a journalist.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Peter D. Lush
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for football fans all over Ireland and the UK. Eamon tells...
The football fans pre mid 90s had much more in common with the players back then. Now the players are alienated somewhat from the fans because of the lottery style weekly wages a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gerry Byrne
1.0 out of 5 stars Rocky road indeed.
I bought this book hoping for a good insight into the background workings of a professional footballer and Tv pundit. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ajmc
4.0 out of 5 stars From [...]
There can’t be many people in Ireland that don’t have an opinion of some sort about Eamon Dunphy. His football punditry is a breath of fresh air from the banal nonsense we’re used... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Freeburn
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I think eamon can be a bit contradictory and a bit self important but still enjoy his overall passion.On the whole an enjoyable read.
Published 6 months ago by John Twamley
4.0 out of 5 stars More to Eamon Dunphy than you may think!
As you would expect this book is a very candid and honest depiction of Eamons footballing, Journalism and personal life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by john
3.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical but flawed
A very enjoyable read. Intelligent and eloquent as you would expect from Dunphy, and this marks it out from the vast majority of sports books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brian McCarthy
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