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Great insight into a snooker player's thinking on and off table
on 14 June 2017
If there is anyone in the game who deserved the 2006 World Snooker Championships, it was the man in question, Scotland's Graeme Dott.
Off the table, he had a lot of bad luck, and, considering the problems he was having to deal with, he did extremely well to focus on playing snooker, which must have seemed secondary at the time.
This book is a great read as it not only focuses on Dott's early life and how he became interested in wanting to play as a pro, but you also get a good insight into his frame of mind, exactly what the title of the book says on the tin.
You get a sense in the book that Dott is very critical of his own performances, (as all top players are) but you also get the feeling he beats himself up way too much. For example, he was critical of his performances in the World finals, but he still managed to win one of them!
You also get an insight into how he feels about the game and what should be happening to improve snooker in general with more funding for Academies, especially in Scotland where he is from - something I agree with.
The last chapter is quite interesting with him talking briefly about what he thinks of his fellow players, always interesting to know what they think of each other on and off the table.
Although some would say an autobiography should be written at the end of someone's career, this is a worthy read because I think it's important as a snooker fan and a fan of Dott to understand a little bit more about them off the table. And it's an insight indeed!
Well done to Dott for winning the 2006 World title, and let's hope he gets back to the top 16 soon, he's a too good a player not to be in the 16. He's currently ranked 30 in the World rankings list.