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  • Hardcover: 587 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers; 1st edition (20 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840240830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840240832
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until the age of thirty Geoff Thompson had worked through a plethora of menial jobs, from glass collector to floor sweeper; he even spent a decade working as a nightclub bouncer.

Convinced that there must be more to life than this, Geoff decided to become a martial arts instructor (polled as the number one self defence instructor in the world by Black Belt magazine USA) then followed this by living out his dream of becoming a writer.

He is now the author of thirty-four books published in 15 languages, five multi-award-winning films (one BAFTA nominated, one BAFTA winning), three stage plays and hundreds of published articles.

Geoff's autobiography, Watch My Back, has been adapted into a major motion picture, Clubbed.

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"'Lenny McLean had the braun, Dave Courtney had the charm, but Geoff Thompson is in a class of his own.' FHM '...it's Trainspotting time all over again. Or maybe make that Clockwork Orange time again.' BRITISH FILM magazine review of Clubbed" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is Geoff Thompson's finest book to date.
Watch My Back is the story of one man’s search for courage.

Depressed, bullied, intimidated by life and indoctrinated to believe that this was his lot, Geoff Thompson, on the verge of a breakdown, decided to fight back. In a bid to confront his fears, he took a job as a bouncer in one of Britain’s roughest nightclubs. His life was never to be the same again.

Over the next ten years, and after being involved in hundreds of brutal and bloody fights that left two of his friends murdered and many more in prison, the bullied 11 stone youth turned himself into a fearsome fighting machine with an unparalleled reputation as a knockout specialist. Seduced by beautiful women, attacked by maniacs with knives, guns (and a pair of garden shears), chased and locked up by the police and sought after by top establishments to ‘clean up’ their clubs, Geoff reached the top of his trade and became addicted to violence.

Then it all changed.

After being stabbed, glassed and nearly killed in a gang attack, and almost killing one of his attackers in a savage car park match-fight, he was forced to reassess his relationship with violence. After writing down his experiences in an effort to exorcise his demons, Geoff discovered a flair for writing. Within a few short years his work found a cult following all over the world.

This is the story of an ordinary man who faced his fears and took himself from bedsit to bestseller but very nearly got killed on the way.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sep 2000
Format: Hardcover
An incredable book that takes you on a journey of a boy who was once so afraid of his own shadow to a man who frightened him-self after seeing this monster stareing back at him through the mirror honesty. The adrenaling will pump through your body as your'e standing on the doors with the infamous Mr Thompson. Every page will have you flinching at the sounds of broken bones; laughing at the humour the child within us loves to feed on and crying at the pain he endured. I would say most of the people that choose to read this book, have at one time or another, experianced some kind of a Geoff Thompson experiance. It might be from his school days that gets your'e own blood rushing around the memory bank. It could be the heart rendering pain of a love you once held so close to your soul but whatever you feel, rest assured Mr Thompson felt every single one of them too. This outstanding man came through his like a warrior with a heart made of iron but which was engulfed by a soul of a gentlman. I had never heard of this man before I read "WATCH MY BACK" but I feel like he's a brother to me now. I and I'm sure you too, will have total, 100% respect for this man once you have read the book. If dreams can come true then this book is living proof.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Howe on 21 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
Not being into reading so much myself I was at first reluctant to pick up the rather lengthy book and begin to read it. Saying this after having read the opening chapter I could not put it down! The book revolves around the life of the author - GT and is written biographically. From start to finish Geoff's words are compelling and utterly awe inspiring. He grabs the reader in a head lock taking them on the rough ride of every confrontation and endeavour he has experienced throughout his childhood and career 'working the doors'. The 'Bouncer's' lifestyle, thoughts and experiences are revealed in the gritty, down-to-earth story of one man's mission - to overcome fear, the one thing holding him back in every situation he seems to be faced with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the story of Geoff Thompsons life as a bouncer in the 1980's: The fights and aggravation, the Police involvement the wiped video tapes and all the other elements that make this quite unputdownable. You will recognise typical characters from your own experience. The guys who won't move from the bar and who ignore you or just say "make me then". The fear that has to be controlled.

Lets also not forget the dedication and skill required to deal with people like this. Thompson is a very talented martial artist, a 6th Dan at Karate and 1st Dan at Judo not to mention studying many other styles.

His writing style is simple and straightforward. We're not talking Dickens here, but you will get a lot of enjoyment from this if you are interested in martial arts and the psychology of fighting in general. However don't buy this thinking its a instructional book - its not.

'Watch My Back' has now been made into the film 'Clubbed', which is worth seeing, although somewhat fictionalised. Geoff Thompson does appear briefly in the film. In my view the book is the better of the two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a doorman of six years I can thank this book for giving me the courage to start working the doors and for giving me the mental strength to cope with the situations I faced. This book tells it like it is with no punches pulled (pun intended). In todays world of "regesterd door supervisor" most of whome have no clue as to what it takes to work the door Geoff shows how the door should be worked. This book should be required reading for anyone who is thinking of becoming a doorman. Details of pre-emptive strikes may seem controversial and to the uninformed bystanter over the top. They are however the only things that works in the real world. Geoff also gives insight into fear control and what those feelings actually are (adrenaline). This is undoubtibly the best book I have ever read (I have had a copy for eight years and have read it over fifty times) and I would like to thank Geoff for changing my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RamsyPak on 26 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly un-put-down-able. In both senses. It is full of stories which carry significant value to any martial artist. It is an eye-opener. It will hopefully wake up sleeping martial artists (and others) out there. The stories are written with humour and seriousness in equal measure. Thompson does not seem to glory in the violence, he appears to be a humble and honest critic of himself. The book is a great companion to some of his other texts, the 'real' series for example. It adds context to theory and flesh and blood (plenty of that) to his articulate prescriptions for self-protection.
His writing style is friendly and subtley skillful - he knows how to tell a good story, an art in itself. He paints vivid portraits of the others round him and manages to keep you enthralled. Not an easy thing to do. Ask any writer.
Imagining myself in any of those situations, I become aware of how underprepared and undercommitted I have been, in terms of my attitude and, despite significant progress, how far there is yet to go.
Geoff Thompson deserves enormous credit for establishing himself as one of the foremost martial arts writers and instructors of his day and for challenging prevailing attitudes and complacency - If Jeet Kune Do was radical in the traditional 60s and 70s, then Geoff Thompson's approach is a modern day Jeet Kune Do...
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