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on 30 March 2015
Having read and seen most things that Walsh, Kimmage, Tyler and Armstrong have had to say on this subject I wasn't expecting much from this book. Arguably, a little late to the party in terms of timing, one might be forgiven for thinking it will be a quick and somewhat hollow account from one of the last people left not to write a book about Armstrong. However, I was surprised, it is fair to say that this book is up there with The Secret Race by Hamilton.

It's balanced and provides a unique perspective from someone not only on the inside but with a personal relationship with Armstrong, someone directly responsible for his wellbeing rather than a journalist or fellow competitor/teammate - as such it offers something fresh. So often the media polarises accounts of individuals to create the 'story' - happily this book steers clear of the harshness that can be found in other accounts such as 'Seven Deadly Sins' - where there appears to be as much of an underlying vendetta from the author as that which is eventually waged by Armstrong. Instead, it is a gentler view from someone who experienced the regard and wrath of Armstrong.

In addition to the account of what unfolded, you get a real insight into the life of someone working in sport - the hard work for little financial gain - long hours, ego management....i think many dreaming of a life on the road with a pro cycling team could be put off by this account but it does make you think what a gritty determined woman O'Reilly must be!

In short, great book, Wouldn't surprise me that when all the crap biopics have been made with the usual terrible scripts - that telling the story of Emma O'Reilly on film could be the real success.
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on 17 January 2018
Didn't want to buy another book about LA but have been intrigued for some time about this lady's account and motivation. She had been lauded for some time by David Walsh and derided viciously by LA. Very well worth a read as she was put out to dry by Walsh et al to satisfy their needs, which were similar to but not as genuine as Emma O'Reilly's. The lady went through the mill and is undoubtedly carrying the scars for her genuine reasons to whistleblow.
The account is told without malice which lends itself to credibility - she had nothing personal to gain and it certainly cost her personally.
The men around her (with exception to her second partner) thought more of their own agendas than her concerns. Once I started to read it I could not put it down until finished - read it and see for yourself.
Bought it second hand via Amazon and in the condition described with lightening dispatch.
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on 27 November 2014
What a great book, a real insight into the side of cycling you don't see. At times you can't help but hate Lance Armstrong for what he said and done to cover up his doping, but by the end of the book you have to feel for him, like he said "he didn't invent doping, he inherited it" the world of cycling is in need of cleaning up and it takes people like Emma o`Reilly to get the ball rolling. A very good book, chapeau Emma
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on 26 September 2015
I've been reading books on doping in cycling and LA for past couple of years and find each one gives different perspective and new details. I wasn't expecting to like this book for some reason but found it really enjoyable read (although not as good as Tyler Hamilton's 'The Secret Race')
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on 8 September 2016
Was interesting to start with but got tedious later on.. That might be more an indication of my interests - more the teams and the doping than the legal battle..
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on 14 March 2017
A gripping tale giving a different angle on all the many other books regarding Lance. I enjoyed it very much.
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on 17 October 2016
I wish this was more available in US. I felt better about what happened to Emma O' Reilly and the fact that she was able to forgive Lance has been something missing in all the writing about L.A. He seems much more human than I would have guessed. I wish she had explained toward the end of her book why she felt compelled to write it. Could have used more photos too.
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on 19 February 2015
Having read Tyler Hamiltons book and then Seven Deadly Sins it was very interesting to get another perspective. Really enjoy this book and could not put it down. I certainly recommend this to anyone interested in the whole Lance saga
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on 1 November 2014
An excellent read and to me a far better balanced review of the Armstrong scandal from someone on the inside.
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on 12 June 2015
A good read for anyone with a interest in pro cycling. New take on the Armstrong years and another person bullied for blowing the whistle.
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