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Running : The Autobiography

By (author) Ronnie O'Sullivan

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World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan's frank and honest account of his astonishingly dramatic life. Running is my drug. To be honest, drugs (and alcohol) used to be my drug, but now I've got the healthiest addiction going. Running is what has helped me fight my demons, win five world snooker championships, and cope with all the crap life's thrown at me. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and in this book I look at everything that hasn't killed me, but has had a good go - my addictive personality, depression, my dad's murder conviction, the painful break-up with the mother of my children, the difficulty of balancing family life with that of a sportsman. Those are the downers. But it's also about the great things in my life - my kids, snooker, my dad's release from prison, great mates who have helped me, and the psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters who has taught me how not to run away from life when it gets tricky. For the first time, I explain some of my madder moments - why I walked out in the middle of a match against Stephen Hendry, why I sat with a wet cloth over my face in a match against Mark King. This is a book about what it takes to be a champion - the sacrifices you have to make, the obsessive practice, the selfishness. Finally, it's a book about what it's like to get the buzz. and I hope anybody who's ever got the running buzz will relate to this.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 242 x 25mm | 559.99g
  • 01 Dec 2013
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London
  • English
  • 35
  • 0752898809
  • 9780752898803
  • 59,702

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Since turning professional in 1992, O'Sullivan has clocked up an incredible number of awards and trophies, including the UK Championship, the China Open, the Regal Championships, the Benson and Hedges Masters and the British Open. In January 2000 O'Sullivan won the Nations Cup for England, boasting the best record of any player, 13 wins from 15 frames played. For more information, visit www.ronnieosullivan.tv and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ronnieo147.

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The running is literal as well as metaphorical...it's a heartbreaking story THE METRO Running is a chaotic race through O'Sullivan's life, but this does little to dethrone him as the people's champion - it simply adds further to his legend. PRESS ASSOCIATION When he starts talking about snooker and his rivals, he is fascinating. Yet it wasn't snooker that ended up saving from the booze and drugs - it was distance running. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH At snooker, O'Sullivan is easily the best in the world. At running, he is club class...His frank memoir, which reads like a transcript from the psychiatrist's coach, explains that running - and the running community - gave him a sense of acceptance and achievement. THE SUNDAY TIMES Like a lot of shy people, he can look arrogant and aloof when he is performing, while underneath there's turmoil. DAILY MAIL The running is literal as well as metaphorical...it's a heartbreaking story THE METRO Running is a chaotic race through O'Sullivan's life, but this does little to dethrone him as the people's champion - it simply adds further to his legend. PRESS ASSOCIATION When he starts talking about snooker and his rivals, he is fascinating. Yet it wasn't snooker that ended up saving from the booze and drugs - it was distance running. THE DAILT TELEGRAPH At snooker, O'Sullivan is easily the best in the world. At running, he is club class...His frank memoir, which reads like a transcript from the psychiatrist's coach, explains that running - and the running community - gave him a sense of acceptance and achievement. THE SUNDAY TIMES Like a lot of shy people, he can look arrogant and aloof when he is performing, while underneath there's turmoil. DAILY MAIL

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