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This book is proof that writing is a skill,
This review is from: Legend - The Biography of Brian O'Driscoll (Paperback)
I was given this book as a Christmas present and was looking forward to reading it. I had previously been of the very lazy attitude that it can't be that difficult to be a writer, but having read this book I am a convert and full of admiration for authors who can present a well-researched, cogent and credible read. This book is none of these. At times I felt that I was stuck in Groundhog Day reading a seemingly endless series of match reports. I did wonder whether the primary source of research had been to cut and paste newspaper reports of each game, but dismissed this possibility on the grounds that the newspapers would probably have got their facts right. To cite a couple of examples, the book refers back to the moment when Martin Johnson has a line-out stolen on the 2001 Lions tour to Australia by the South Africans of all people. I had the good fortune to be at that game and didn't see any South Africans on the pitch. Subsequently there is a reference to a match against Australia on a tour of Argentina. There are a couple of times in the book where the quoted score during a match doesn't match the narrative, for example when an unconverted try and a penalty leaves Ireland on 10 points. These are really basic errors that suggest a lack of knowledge on the part of the author and thoroughly inadequate proof-reading - assorted grammatical errors are further evidence of this.
All in all, this was a massively disappointing read and it was with a considerable sense of relief that I finally finished it. It reflects very poorly on both the author and the publisher and performs a disservice to its subject matter (who I can only assume was not involved in its preparation and release). To anyone reading this before purchasing the book, I would strongly encourage you to spare yourself a tortuous experience!