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Frank: Fighting Back Hardcover – 18 Oct 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press; First Edition edition (18 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224077767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224077767
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.4 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The autobiography of a great athlete, and the story of a man who has been right to the top and right to the very bottom

About the Author

Kevin Mitchell has written for the Observer for many years, and was Sports Journalist of the Year 2000.


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This book is incredibly brave, and shows just what a tough time Frank has had, not just since his mental illness but really through his whole life - he's a true fighter. It's also a really positive book showing that although it's still a struggle, he's taking each day as it comes and keeping himself happy. And the best thing of all, is that the book is such a good read! I found myself going to bed at about 3 in the morning as I just couldn't put it down. It grips you from page one as he tells about how it felt to be sectioned under the mental health act, and then keeps your attention as you read about his childhood, his experiences with drugs and also his marriage. The stuff on boxing is really good as well - really exciting to read. Highly recommended!
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Frank Bruno is a former world heavyweight boxing champion and although from a fight he did not eventually win, even now I can see that punch which lifted the great Mike Tyson off the ground.

In his heyday, in many ways, Frank Bruno came across as a simple man who was equally devoted to both his sport and his family. His many interviews with the late (and already much missed!) Harry Carpenter became as much a part of the big event as the boxing itself. It was during these interviews that Frank's inimitable personal style shone through and his catchphrase "Know what I mean, `Arry" became so well known people all over the UK would say it in conversation - even when the person they were addressing was not called Harry. Such was the way this man endeared himself to a nation, he became a true National Treasure.

His background, his boxing career and his life after boxing were each personal roads full of hardships, distress and disappointments. At the age of 11 years he was sent to reform school. Twenty two years later he became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Eight years after that he was committed into a psychiatric hospital.

This is the story of a tearaway child who fought authority as child and went on to prove himself as a man, a loving family man and as a champion of the world. It is a story which relives the youthful exuberance which caused him (and so many others) a great deal of pain and shame at the time. It is a story of a man - a very determined man, who turned his world around to reach the highest pinnacle of his chosen sport and of the anguish, disappointments, heartache, despondency and mental stress which came when it all fell apart.
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What a great read!!! Franks always been a hero of mine ever since I was a young kid just starting out in the fight game. Reading back through all his old fights really got the fire burning in the pit of my stomach again. Reading what he has overcome breeds a whole new level of respect for the man.

Great read
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Still reading the book but a sometimes a sad biography of the great boxer
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