Dub Sub Confidential

Dub Sub Confidential : A Goalkeeper's Life with - and without - the Dubs

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Dub Sub Confidential by John Leonard: a GAA memoir like no other.

WINNER OF THE SETANTA SPORTS IRISH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD.

John Leonard was a gifted Gaelic football goalkeeper who had the misfortune to reach his prime at the same time, and in the same county, as one of the all-time greats: Stephen Cluxton. Unless something happened to Clucko, Leonard was always going to be number 2. Of course, it didn't help that he had a problem with drink and drugs ...

Dub Sub Confidential is John Leonard's vivid, witty and searingly honest account of his life in and out of sport. He was both a committed Dub and a sceptical observer of the goings on in the dressing-room and on the training pitch. He writes about the players and the mentors, and about the oddity of being part of the GAA's biggest circus while never expecting to get on the pitch. And he writes brilliantly about the demons that led him to addiction, his efforts for many years to party hard and train hard, and his eventual breakthrough to sobriety.

Dub Sub Confidential is a GAA memoir like no other yet published - a book about how Gaelic games collide with real life. It is also a brilliant read from a remarkable personality.

'Four decades after Eamon Dunphy published Only a Game?, his seminal book on football, John Leonard has produced the Gaelic football equivalent - only it's better' Sunday Times Sports Books of the Year

'Reads like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ... a great read' Ray D'Arcy, RTE Radio 1

'As fascinating as its insights into the Dublin dressing room and the big matchdays are, to reduce Dub Sub Confidential to being just a sports or GAA book is to do it an injustice; it is an astonishing, exceptional, visceral account of a confused young man' Irish Examiner

'Engaging, honest, sad and frightening in places - ultimately raw and real. Couldn't put it down' Ryle Nugent, RTE

'The overall feeling of Leonard's sporting life is of a high-wire act. He somehow managed to have a part-time romance with Dublin football while full-bloodedly chasing whatever and whoever was on offer in Dublin after dark ... There is an antic and often jubilant energy to Leonard's writing' Keith Duggan, Irish Times

'Remarkable ... a stark and searingly honest memoir' the42.ie

'Students of Gaelic football will be intrigued by his account of the rivalry with Cluxton, arguably the most important player of modern times' Sunday Times

'Compelling and ground-breaking' Dave Hannigan, Evening Echo
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 17mm | 316g
  • Penguin Ireland
  • London, Ireland
  • English
  • 1844883566
  • 9781844883561
  • 231,586

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Four decades after Eamon Dunphy published Only a Game?, his seminal book on football, John Leonard has produced the Gaelic football equivalent - only it's better ... This strikingly blunt and honest portrait of the bizarre goings-on in the GAA world includes astute observations not just on modern sport but also modern life. * Sunday Times Sports Books of the Year * As fascinating as its insights into the Dublin dressing room and the big matchdays are, to reduce Dub Sub Confidential to being just a sports or GAA book is to do it an injustice; it is an astonishing, exceptional, visceral account of a confused young man -- Kieran Shannon * Irish Examiner * Reads like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ... a great read * Ray D'Arcy, RTE Radio 1 * The overall feeling of Leonard's sporting life is of a high-wire act. He somehow managed to have a part-time romance with Dublin football while full-bloodedly chasing whatever and whoever was on offer in Dublin after dark ... There is an antic and often jubilant energy to Leonard's writing -- Keith Duggan * Irish Times * Remarkable ... a stark and searingly honest memoir * the42.ie * Students of Gaelic football will be intrigued by his account of the rivalry with Cluxton, arguably the most important player of modern times * Sunday Times * A great read. Honest and really well written * Conor McKeon * A fine read -- Damian Lawlor John Leonard's brutally honest account of a road less travelled and his time as understudy to iconic Dubs keeper Stephen Cluxton transcends sport. * Irish Independent * Engaging, honest, sad and frightening in places - ultimately raw and real. Couldn't put it down -- Ryle Nugent * RTE * Outstanding. Can't recommend it highly enough. Instant classic. * Joe Molloy * Compelling and ground-breaking -- Dave Hannigan * Evening Echo * A must read * Loaded, Top 10 Books of 2015 * Dub-Sub Confidential has already become a sort of handbook for anyone in sport struggling with mental health issues, and for good reason: not many footballers will openly confess to double-popping pills or turning up for training half blitzed. Yet Leonard is clearly in a better place now. -- Ian O'Riordan * Irish Times * Searingly honest; funny and sad at the same time -- Gavin Cummiskey
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About John Leonard

John Leonard was born in Dublin in 1976. He won a Dublin club championship with St Sylvester's in 1996 and represented Dublin at minor, under-21, junior and senior level. He now spends much of his time travelling the world filming documentaries of people who make a difference in their communities. He also blogs and interviews people for his websites www.soberpaddy.com and www.fivepointfive.org.
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