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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.
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on 18 April 2016
Before reading this I didn't know too much about Graeme, other than winning the World Championship ahead of Ebdon and his troubles with depression. It's an easy read, and tells Graeme's story through growing up, winning the World title, battling demons and coming out stronger.
I have a good opinion of the man from reading his story, he humbly describes his success and deserves more recognition as a role model for triumphing over loss and depression
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on 14 December 2014
A great book to read for all snooker fans. Graeme is a very private person, so getting the insight into his life and rise to fame in the Snooker World was really interesting.

Very open about his issues within the game and some of the people in the game (players, referees).

Talked movingly about the very difficult times he's been through and through the success he has had to date.

The book has changed my opinion of Graeme, loved all of it.
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on 8 January 2018
Good read
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on 15 April 2012
Grame Dott was never my favorite snooker player but getting a glimpse into his life story has really changed my mind. He had to fight his way to the top and struggled a lot along the way. I will be rooting for him in the future !
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on 10 July 2013
Only worth buying if you like your snooker. Thought this would have looked at his fight with depression more, but turned in to an almost blow by blow account of his games. Could have been so much better
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on 10 March 2013
If you love snooker then you will certainly know about Dott's exploits on and off the table. This book is a great read for any snooker fan.

It's both truly heartbreaking and inspiring as well as honest
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on 25 May 2013
A good insight into the mind of a snooker world champion.
Interesting read if you are a snooker fan or not.
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on 31 January 2014
I loved this book because i like Graeme as a snooker player and i wanted to know more about the man himself. I knew he has suffered with depression and this book doesn't shy away from this fact, how does he get himself back on track, when all he wants to do is stay in bed all day? Graeme
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on 8 July 2014
Not just a snooker story but also a personal journey. Good luck Graeme for the future.
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