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Back from the Brink: The Autobiography
Back from the Brink: The Autobiography
by Paul McGrath
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lessons in Child Neglect and Alcoholism, 18 Oct. 2008
This book is a very dark lesson in the devastation that childhood neglect can bring, leading to profound depression and onwards to the depths of alcoholism and serial suicide attempts.

Paul has been unreservedly honest and deserves the highest praise for having the courage to tell his story. He has seen the 'brink' many times and survived to tell the tale. That tale emphatically highlights the futility of seeking refuge in alcohol.

Unfortunately the negative experiences are over-emphasised and make this a very hard read. For instance, Paul has made a real difference when making charity appearances, but that is hardly mentioned. There could at least have been a bit more focus on his football successes.

Paul, good luck for the future.


From the Eye of the Hurricane: My Story
From the Eye of the Hurricane: My Story
by Alex Higgins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex, A Man of Courage, 14 Oct. 2008
This book is a MUST for anyone who remembers Alex as the Hurricane ; as the man who set the game on fire.

Alex was always a man of courage and determination, albeit that this determination sadly spilled over into excesses. Alex shows the ultimate courage in this book, honestly recognising that he made mistakes in his life. And hey, who hasn't ?

Alex's career came before the big money was attracted to snooker. Nevertheless, the big money came because of players like Alex, who electrified audiences with shots that no one could believe were possible.

Unfortunately, players today are so focused on the big prize money, that the style, sponteneity and excitement of the Hurricane are but moments to relish in history.

The chapter dedicated to the late Oliver Reed gives an insight into the friendship between two extraordinary characters of our time.

As with all honest biographies, the truth comes at a price ; perhaps paid in terms of image. Whatever the price to Alex for being so honest, the truth he has told will speak to many and not just snooker fans.

Well done Alex.


Einstein: His Life and Universe
Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Einstein, Genius & Nice Guy, 11 Oct. 2008
Walter Isaacson has created a unique and wholely respectful insight into the life of one of the great scientific figures of the 20th century.

As with any biography that is true to the subject and not retrospectively judgemental, Mr. Isaacson paints a very human picture of a man held in awe by most and misunderstood by many.

This is a first rate book. I've taken one star off, as the scientific detail could even be shorter.

Mr.Isaacson, keep writing please !
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