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Come What May: The Autobiography Paperback – 6 May 2010
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This is not simply one of the best and most readable sports books to be published anywhere this year, it is one of the best and most important books to be published in Ireland this year (Sunday Tribune)
Certain to become a sports classic (The Times)
Dónal Óg Cusack is on a par with Roy Keane in the ranks of Rebel sportsmen ... Ferociously dedicated but divisive, he's delivered a book just as intense, controversial ... as Keano did in the wake of Saipan (Evening Echo)
An easy and enthralling read (Sunday Business Post)
About the Author
Dónal Óg Cusack comes from Cloyne, Co. Cork. He has played senior inter-county hurling for Cork since 1996. In that time he has established himself as one of the game's top goalkeepers and strongest personalities. Dónal Óg has won five Munster titles with Cork and three All-Ireland medals.
Top customer reviews
Donal Og dispenses with what is normal in this exceptional book. Here we get everything- the motivations, culture, personal life and emotions that result in a player at the top of his game.
Written in a stream of consiousness style (which is undoubedtly down to the excellent stewardship of Tom Humphries)the book covers the strikes, relationships with players, friends and foe, the relentless desire for success, but most importantly it describes beautifully what it means to be a Cork hurler. I'm not from Cork but this book captures and essence of Irishness and culture thats summed up on sunny late summer Sundays that prevades our whole nation.
It's not just a book for Cork people or hurling people. There are big themes here, particuarly death, community and sexuality, all handled brilliantly. This is book about honesty, what it takes to stand for your beliefs, whether right or wrong (and he is sometimes wrong in my view).
If anyone wants a genuine insight into a sporting life, look no further.
It would have been nice to have him write a bit about love and passionate love because this is clearly a passionate man but I think he wisely came out in his book but like jackie Onassis , kept his mystery and left a lot to the imagination, which probably allowed most of the Irish population to accept him more easily as a gay public figure.
I think this book is a must read for any Cork Hurling fan and any Hurling follower in general, stereotypical "non sporty" gay men wont find anything too enlightening in donals coming out story, we have all gone through it.
Surprisingly then 'Come What May' is much more personal memoir than sporting manifesto. The style is informal and folksy, a series of anecdotes, some of which offer an insight into the workings of the GAA, most of which simply add local colour to a very personal tale.
The pieces on the 2009 strike and GPA are revealing but readers who would like to see Cusack to set out his stall on the future development of the GAA or hurling development outside the 'traditional' counties might be disappointed.
Not sure how accessible the book would be to anyone without some knowledge of the GAA. The Seán óg hagiography and sniping about Barry Kelly are a bit OTT, but overall a good read and an important book.
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