Method in My Madness: 10 Years Out of the Saddle Hardcover – 12 Nov 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Not a bad read but I have enjoyed other books like Jenny Pitman and Frankie Dettori better, sorry Richard!.
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Very interesting to read what it is was in Richard retirementPublished 11 months ago by Graham Nicklin
A fantastic read. I would highly recommend this ebook to any body no racing knowledge required to enjoy this insight into a truly marvellous man's lifePublished 21 months ago by Joanne Butchart
Only a NH person or someone who reads sportsmen's autobiographies [ ie me: a limited market] would buy this book, but it is readablePublished on 1 July 2014 by Ms. Josephine Allan
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excellent a must for anyone interested in racing,throughly interesting couldn't put down,excellent value for money ,will read again so going to keep on my filesPublished on 24 April 2013 by gingerwifey