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Too little snooker,
This review is from: Willie Thorne - Taking A Punt On My Life (Hardcover)
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Willie Thorne is a likeable character in the snooker scene, both in his playing days and now as a commentator. That comes across in his writing too, which is accessible and readable. The problem with this book is that it keeps returning to the recurring theme – Thorne’s gambling addiction which resulted in a suicide bid. No doubt that’s a major part of who Willie is and needs to be mentioned in its correct place, but I feel that it has taken over this book. Thorne is apologetic, remorseful and inward-looking throughout – on occasion it feels like an exercise in self-flagellation. What I’d like to have heard more about is the snooker – Willie’s take on more of the key matches and tournaments in his career, a little more analysis of his own game and that of his opponents, more anecdotes from his time on the tour and in the commentary box.