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There is a good book out there waiting to be written about Alex Higgins, but this isn't it!,
This review is from: Let Me Tell You About Alex: Crazy Days and Nights on the Road with the Hurricane (Hardcover)
Being a fan of snooker, particularly back in the 80's heyday, I saw this in my local library and snapped it up immediately. I thought that the mix of snooker funnyman John Virgo and Alex Higgins sounds full of great anecdotes. In the end, I am delighted that I did not spend a penny of my money on this tripe.
It is a messed-up jumble of stories which jump about all over the place with little apparent thought. One moment, Virgo will be talking about Higgins playing someone in a match in 1973 perhaps, and then in the next sentence he'll be relating an event from 1982 with no clear point joining the two together. If you are not so aware of snooker's history you'd have trouble working out what match or what year he's talking about.
It's extremely repetitive with same or similar tales told throughout the book in different words. Dates and match scores are often badly mistaken. I just got the feeling that this book was the result of a ghost-writer who knew nothing about snooker sitting down with Virgo for a few hours as he rambled into a tape-recorder. then the guy went away and hashed it all together and Virgo himself must not have bothered to actually sit down and proof-read 'his' own book before publication. Even names are wrong sometimes, with Rex Williams being called both Rex and Ray in the same paragraph. One of the photos in the book is of Steve Davis and Higgins at the 1983 UK Championship Final where Higgins came back from 0-7 down to win 16-15. It's one of the greatest matches in snooker history. However, despite the photo, the match itself is not mentioned once in the entire book! Virgo should be ashamed of putting this rubbish out about his 'mate' within months of his death.
All in all, it reads like a far too quick attempt to cash in on Alex Higgins' death to get a few quid for Virgo, who never really comes across as being exactly close to Higgins to begin with. If Jimmy White had done this instead of Virgo, it'd probably be far more personal and true to character.
Seriously, do not bother with this book.