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Method in My Madness: 10 Years Out of the Saddle Hardcover – 12 Nov 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Brightman; First Edition edition (12 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956306500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956306500
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"engaging, witty and thought-provoking read, with reflections from the mind of a true champion" -- Daily Mail "Superbly-crafted, it is no ordinary racing autobiography. Though his thoughts on the sport are, as always, hard-hitting and sometimes controversial, it will appeal to a much wider audience. We reckon it's another winner for Dunwoody!" --Daily Mirror "Hard-hitting" & "Superb" - Racing Post "get into a sportsman's head" ... "fascinates on racing issues" --Spectator

"Hard-hitting" & "Superb" --Racing Post

But this is more than just one man s story. Method in My Madness is a handbook for sportspeople and non sportspeople alike facing up to retirement with trepidation...his honesty will strike a chord with all who have been forced to face up to the dreaded R word. It s also essential reading for sports journalists everywhere . --Irish World

About the Author

Richard Dunwoody is firmly established as one of the all time greats of National Hunt racing, winning two Grand Nationals, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle amongst his record breaking 1699 winners.


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Format: Hardcover
I got this for Christmas and devoured it in two days - it is a stunning book. As Richard Dunwoody has been out of the sport for 10 years there is little of the inside gossip that people often seek in autobiographies, but he more than makes up for it with his insights and opinions on the sport as an experienced insider who takes a step back to reflect on the highs and lows of racing. His views on how the sport is run and some of the people within it are enthralling, so much more so as he looks at controversial subjects from all angles before delivering an often devastating verdict. Not everyone will agree with his thoughts but after reading this book no one can claim that he has not intelligently argued his case, or lacks the experience or knowledge to speak out.

Away from the specifics of horse racing there are two other great strengths - firstly the look at problems all sportspeople face when they retire. Dunwoody movingly describes losing the sense of self respect and self esteem that comes from high achievement at a young age. Again not everyone will be sympathetic to what could be described as golden worries but they are undoubtedly candidly explained, and undeniably heartfelt.

The other great strength is that you really feel you are inside his head, and never more so than in the astonishing account of his walk to South Pole, a terrifyingly vivid picture of despair followed by elation. They are an incredible few chapters.

I couldn't recommend this more highly - from the gripping opening chapter to the surprising twist in the conclusion it is unputdownable. Honest, depressing at times, hilarious at others, it is a courageous and beautifully written account of an often uncomfortable period in Dunwoody's life.
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Being interested in horses and a fan of Richard Dunwoody I thought the read would be interesting. I was not , it was great. Unlike the ebook The girl who wanted a horse, which was a great read this one is not fictional. It takes you inside the jockey's mind. I would recommend both to other who like horses.
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Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book by a brilliant and complicated hero. This book is not by A P McCoy as Amazon would have it, but by Richard Dunwoody with a short preview by his friend A P McCoy.
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Highly recommended. The book delivers on many levels, offering an honest insight into one man's journey through his new life and the highs and lows that come along the way. Expertly crafted, it is fast paced, yet reflective, witty, yet sincere and thouroughly engaging throughout. The book is a must read, not only for sports and racing fans but for anyone who understands that we need to change to survive and that the more you practice, the luckier you get.Method in My Madness: 10 Years Out of the Saddle
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An excellently written book about Richard Dunwoody's years out of the saddle. Vividly described with very rivetting story of his polar adventures. I would recommend this for all who like adventure stories as well as for horse racing enthusiasts.
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I'd followed Richard Dunwoody's career as a NH jockey and had read Obsession before.
Like that book, Method in my Madness comes across as an honest, no holds barred assessment of his life since retiring. His dealing if the demons of life without racing, his drive to fill that gap, his distancing himself from a sport he was obsessed with although former colleagues questioned why.
A must for anyone (not just sports people) who have retired or come to a crossroads their life.
Wonderful reading, just sorry it took me until now to find it.
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Format: Hardcover
Have read both Dunwoody books now, this is more interesting with the polar aspect and the life he now leads away from racing. I have always been a big fan - especially as my only ever racing bet was on him and West Tip winning the National!, but the book does make him sound like a total self obsessed ladies man, he does seem to be a bit full of himself and chases a lot of fillies from the sounds of it.
Not a bad read but I have enjoyed other books like Jenny Pitman and Frankie Dettori better, sorry Richard!.
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Once you get past the self pity in the first part of the book, Richard Dunwoody has a lot of interesting and insightful things to say. I'm glad I persevered to the end.
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