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Bomber: Behind the Laughter
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2011
Herol retraces his steps from the events in his childhood, both happy and traumatic, which shaped the man he would become, to his progression as a boxer, first in the amateur ranks and then as a pro making his way towards a shot at the World Title. Herol also describes the end of his career and the aftermath.

The style is conversational and makes it easy to read this book and also warm to Herol's character.

The anecdotes from his amateur career are illuminating and the events surrounding his professional career are often suprising.
Herol comes accross as a genuine and warm, and he does not try to minimise the errors he made in trusting people. He's also very open about the harsh events he had to overcome.

In turns insightful, moving, sad and hilarious, this book is captivating whether you are a boxing fan or not.

We met Herol at a book signing shortly after the book came out and he was very friendly with everyone, accessible, positive and warm, and yet also vulnerable, just his book suggests.

This autobiography is highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Read it in 2 days. As boxing biographies go it's quite a personal one. He's very honest and it makes you consider all the previous stories you've read or have been told. You certainly feel for him and end up hoping he'll have a happy future away fron the ring. Lots of social history and very 1980's. Well worth the price. Read it with youtube handy and u can judge the fight descriptions for yourself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2011
A truly amazing and heartfelt story. The journey of Bombers life and the highs and lows make this a must for all boxing fans. I will be putting it in a few stockings at Christmas..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2011
I've always been a "Bomber" fan and, having thoroughly enjoyed Stuart Wikin's book about Stanley Gene, I thought I'd give this a go. Very pleased I did. I like Wilkin's style and thoroughly enjoyed all the stuff you never get to hear about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2011
Fantastic read. I am not a boxing fan, my son had bought it, but what a good read. Recommend to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2012
If you are a fan of Herol's this is a great read. If you are not... it is a great read. How come there is not more on him? DVDs of his fights in regular shops, more TV interviews etc. Pioneered an impossible boxing style adopted successfully by his coach. As it says in the book with no Herol there would be no Johnny Nelson and Naseem Hamed (and many others). I suspect Herol doesn't realise just how popular he is.
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on 24 February 2014
I always loved watching Bomber Graham 's fights and followed his career avidly during the 80's and into the 90's. He should surely have been a World Champion as he had everything required to achieve that and it seemed only a matter of time in the 1980's before he claimed what was surely his. Pure bad luck/unfortunate timing seemed to rob Bomber of the title and ultimately took it's toll on his wellbeing. It was good to read of Herol' s story in his own words, but most of all it's great to know that he's on his way to beating his demons and that with the love and support of those closest to him, he will surely come out as champion of his latest fight. What a lovely bloke, good luck to you Bomber.
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on 28 April 2013
As an avid boxing fan, I particularly look forward to a good read direct from the memories of the professional and personal life and the nitty gritty of the career.....and this book does not let you down.
The interest is magnified if the reader is from or has an affinity with Sheffield or S.York's but general boxing fans will undoubtedly find it an entertaining read.
Extremely poignant in many parts but also comically entertaining in equal measure........enjoy......and good luck Herol, I hope all is well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2012
Very good book. Excellent read. Good quality too. Quick delivery. Many thanks. Would recommend this to anyone interested in boxing or not.
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on 29 January 2014
I smashed my way through this book as Herol smashed his way through many of his opponents. Possibly the most talented boxer never to win a word title, Herol explains his trials and tribulations in a way that is easy to digest and laced with humor despite the very serious background of a man struggling to come to terms with the very serious issues of depression and abuse.
This book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.
Highly recommended.
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