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Truly excellent - The most human account of this story
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.