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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (March 4 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752858807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752858807
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Ronnie O'Sullivan's autobiography, Ronnie, the language is uncompromising, the subject matter challenging and the approach unflinching. Even in an age when inner demons are considered to be an essential part of a star's entourage, Ronnie O'Sullivan's autobiography is a class apart. Undisputedly the most charismatic talent in the game of snooker, the public's successor to Alex Higgins and Jimmy White in the lineage of gunslinger, wide-boy heroes, O'Sullivan began rewriting the record books as a child prodigy, and reached the summit of his game as world champion in 2001--but all along, his life was falling apart.

Ronnie (written with Guardian journalist Simon Hattenstone) is a stark affirmation for those of us who would believe that there must be more to being a top professional sportsman than simply working hard to develop talent--that there are often dark, elemental forces driving achievers to go beyond the point where most of us would cease to care. Ronnie's relationship with his parents is at the heart of the story, underpinning his struggle for contentment, his descent into depression and addiction. We learn that the tabloid facts--his father ran a string of sex shops, was convicted of killing a man in a fight and sentenced to life imprisonment; later his mother was also imprisoned, for tax evasion--are just the half of it.

The style is confessional without being mawkish, and thankfully, O'Sullivan's brand of openness, particularly when chronicling his periods in therapy (including with former England cricket captain turned psychiatrist Mike Brearley) and at the Priory, is free of the awful self-aggrandisement and "me-isms" that blight the official public accounts of many celebrities.

Ultimately this is a tale of redemption, of a young man dismantled by experience, now putting himself back together. O'Sullivan closes the book looking back to the beginning of his public life, his mid-teens, when he first tied his fortunes to professional snooker. He sees it as a golden era, off and on the baize, a period of personal happiness and sporting success the like of which he at last believes has not been lost forever. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'The autobiography not only chronicles his meteoric rise but gives us an insight into the equally extraordinary events in his private life. The fact that O'Sullivan does his own reading gives the work a powerfull added dimension.' DISABILITY TIMES --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By imran on Feb. 4 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ronnie is the greatest naturally gifted snooker player of all time .........He is an awesome and fantastic player and the only player that makes snooker look sexy !!! In his autibiography he takes a look behind the player Ronnie into the person Ronnie, he confesses about his depressed state , his obsession with snooker and the unfortunate incident about his dad..... ANY ronnie fan would LOVE it !!! And for those who r not into snooker u'd still like this book as it takes a inside look into the life on and off the table of the greatest snooker player of all time !!!!
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Hear the Other Side Aug. 18 2004
By N. Diana Marina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
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Ronnie is a beast March 5 2009
By Random Precision - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ronnie is one of the most exciting snooker players on the planet right now. If you have ever wondered what life is like as a pro snooker/billiards player then this book is for you. Very informative.
Back story on a great talent. Dec 28 2014
By mmthrax - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Being in America, there's not much snooker over here, much less snooker characters. From watching You tube and reading along with the snooker season, this guys name kept popping up. I decided to see what the deal was. I appreciate that the book is told by him in his own words. He is thought of in the snooker world as a "flawed genius". I can see why. He explains his background, replete with traumas and victories and some real ups and downs. He seems genuine and pretty objective regarding his past and what is going on now in his life. Seems like a nice guy. When you read this book you get the feeling that he is a regular guy with regular problems like everyone else, but he also happens one of the greatest snooker players ever, and that adds to the things he must deal with. You at least come away with the sense that he is a good person who has his good and bad days just like most people do. Some biographies leave you with the knowledge that the subject is a dirtbag addict, or a notorious womanizer who leaves his wife and kids behind while he enjoys his hedonist pursuits. This book is not like that. You still want to root for Ronnie after having read his story. That's a good thing.
A much troubled, much gifted man March 4 2013
By Henrik Østerlund Gram - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not growing up in the commonwealth, my first encounter with snooker was zapping through the sat. channels. Took a while to get the rules down and after visiting a pool-hall where they happened to have a single snooker table, I started to appreciate the skill and finesse, not to mention countless hours of training, required to play the game like I saw seeing it on TV. Immediately, one player stuck out from the crowd, and that was Ronnie. With inch-perfect play, he seemed not of this earth, and I suppose from his somewhat erratic behaviour, he might not be... This was around year 2000. Losing the sat. channels, snooker disappeared from my mind until I stumbled over this book and it was a pretty interesting read. There's a lot of british slang in it, but you get used to it and it's an easy read.
AWESOME Feb. 4 2004
By imran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ronnie is the greatest naturally gifted snooker player of all time .........He is an awesome and fantastic player and the only player that makes snooker look sexy !!! In his autibiography he takes a look behind the player Ronnie into the person Ronnie, he confesses about his depressed state , his obsession with snooker and the unfortunate incident about his dad..... ANY ronnie fan would LOVE it !!! And for those who r not into snooker u'd still like this book as it takes a inside look into the life on and off the table of the greatest snooker player of all time !!!!


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