Running : The Autobiography

By (author) Ronnie O'Sullivan


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World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan's first volume autobiography RONNIE was a major bestseller, acclaimed for its candour and insight into the life of a top sports star. In his second book, Ronnie reflects on how much of his life has been running away or running towards (often inadvisable) things. When he was young, snooker was a way of running away from school and the expectations of childhood. When he was seventeen, his father and mother ran away from him - his mother was sent to jail for tax evasion, father for murder. At times, Ronnie has escaped from tournaments because his mind was so troubled, and he found release in endless benders. He has literally run away from the troubled relationship with Jo, the mother of two of his children - his hobby is partly responsible for the breakdown of their relationship as it begins to take over his life. And only last year he ran away from the game itself, incredibly and unprecedentedly while still world champion. Ronnie explains how and why he ended up working on a farm in 2012 and 2013 while taking a year's break from the game. His return to the snooker table is arguably the most eagerly awaited in top-class sport. This book shows us why.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 24mm | 399.99g
  • 01 Oct 2014
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London
  • English
  • 35
  • 1409149560
  • 9781409149569
  • 119,162

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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 and follow him on Twitter at

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The running is literal as well as'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

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