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    Jimmy White(Author) Rosemary Kingsland(Collaborator)

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After Hurricane Higgins crashed out of snooker's top league, Jimmmy White has been the `People's Champion' even though he never quite made the top World spot, pipped at the post in 1995 by Stephen Hendry, after missing one single black. Aged 16, White was the youngest player to win the English Amateur Championship. At 18, he won the World Amateur title. By 1984, he's a professional success, married but not at all settled. He's the kind of man who goes out for a packet of cigarettes and comes home two weeks later. Gambling, women, marathon binges with showbiz friends like Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, have threatened the stability of his marriage. But somehow White has survived, to tell in candid detail, a most unusual, often outrageous story of a very sporting life.

Jimmy White has been beaten six times in the final of thesnooker world championship and on at least two of those occasions it was easierfor him to have won than lost. But at the death White always managed topull defeat from the jaws of victory. It is now likely he will be remembered only as the people's champion but he isn't complaining. White has madea fortune and then lost a good chunk of it, mostly through gambling. He's been in trouble with the law, had his share of tabloid exposes andpushed his marriage to the edge of collapse. But if one thing comes out ofthis sparky autobiography it is that White is a chancer and he will alwayskeep going.

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  • By James Patrick on 18 July 2017

    Loved it. Great stories, a great insight into the life of a legend.

  • By Jay on 1 June 2017

    Bought for someone else, but they said it was a good book to read

  • By Colin Soanes on 3 August 2017

    Very pleased with this item. Thank you.

  • By lajmaj on 25 June 2016

    What a nice chap. Hope book does well for him!

  • By leJerk on 28 November 2006

    As I write this, I have been a follower of snooker for the past fifteen years. The reason for this is quite simply I fell in awe of Jimmy White's game and his unfaillingly humble attitude. So I obviously looked forward to reading his story. And I was not disappointed, this is a brilliant account of Jimmy's raucous life. There are some lovely anecdotes about his drunken exploits, there are also some rather sinister tales that take place in dodgy snooker halls.As noted by other reviewers, Jimmy doesn't fill the book with snooker stories this book's tales focus more on Jimmy's behaviour away from the baize. We are told of Jimmy's truanting as a child as well as misadventures such as two week "escapes" to Ireland. However Jimmy, at times, does not paint a good picture of himself. At times his treatment of his wife Maureen seems irresponsible to say the least, although as his life progressed this behaviour did abate a little.So, all things considered, this is a very enjoyable read and a must for Jimmy White's legions of fans. And I would also recommend this even to non-snooker fans. Excellent!

  • By Guest on 14 February 2006

    Having had a modest interest in the career ups and downs of the truly exceptional talent that is/was Jimmy White, I had been really looking forward to reading this book. So when I spotted it in the local library I felt compelled to read it. And having done so, I can't help feeling disappointed, not so much with the book but with White himself.White always gave the impression of being a maverick and his very candid and open account of his life does nothing to counteract this. With stories about going AWOL from school, to hustling money on the underground circuit and no-end of shenanigans with friends and other snooker stars - notably Alex Higgins, White has certainly led a full life. And perhaps this is the issue, for I felt that the cheeky Cockney took the partying a step too far.Some of his recollections are doubtless amusing, but to continually read that he has gone on alcohol-fuelled benders for days and weeks at a time leaving his long-suffering partner home alone with the kids, strikes me as nothing short of irresponsible. A handful of times you could forgive, but this seems to have been a constant theme throughout his life and his selfishness can surely not have benefitted his young kids.I can confidently still say that I admire him tremendously for his ability on a snooker table, but unfortunately I can not say the same of him as a father or as a person.

  • By Gary J Lashmar on 12 April 2001

    It is somewhat amusing that when the history of the green baize is written, the greatest snooker tornament of them all will most most certainly be remembered for the man who never won it ... the peoples champion ... Jimmy White. In the final chapter of this book White delivers a surprisingly philosophical verdict on why he has never captured the World Snooker Crown having particpated in 6 finals at the Legendary Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, and bad luck has nothing to do with it. The book is filled with dozens of colourful characters straight out of a Guy Richie movie and Jimmys adventures with Alex Higgins, Tony Meo, Steve Davis, and lesser known Dodgy Bob and best friend Pee-Wee make for hillarious reading. What is refreshing about this book is that White is not out to win any new fans, indeed with his depiction of his and wife Maureen's terrible, sometimes violent arguments, and his squandering of literally thousands of pounds of their money, Jimmy takes us to the edge, dissolving a lot of the fun loving lovable rogue type persona that made him such an household name. Brutally Honest. Yet these type of characters seemingly always hold a place in our hearts no matter what they do. This is a good biography surprisingly void of snooker.


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