I always found it fascinating to see and understand how greatness is achieved, be it in sports, art or in any other field of human performance.
I mean it's great to watch and feel amazed at the display of perfection that some sportsmen are showing. But it's even greater to have their opinions, their inner struggles and comprehend the passions that form an intrinsic part of their performance.
This is what I have been looking for in the book and it is what I found. But it is not all.
The sparks of wildness that Ronnie sometimes shows at the snooker table, the often remembered sad story of his father's, his reported drug episodes and busts, along with his ever present passion for the game made me want to know more about him as a person, to hear his side of the story.
Maybe the book does not deliver truths - it would be hard to do so-, but it definitely tackles profound themes like: what it takes to become a good professional, is it only talent, is strive for perfection beneficial in every respect, what are the easy cop-outs (smoking, drinking, eating, speeding) when facing difficult life situations, is it possible to reach an equilibrium between life and job.
I think the book is ultimately a confessional therapy, it's about a man with a burden trying to uncover what has happened to him and how to deal with it. It reveals the humane, the regular side of the star.
His book or his confession is a lot about people, his mother and father, friends, other snooker players. It is of course a biased account of them, it's full of care and praise for his loved ones, and somehow distant and cruel where his competititors are concerned. But the fact he does not look to hide how he is bothered by other players' mannerisms, which are only normal in every person, only underlines and reflects the unspoiled way of his account.