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    John Hennessey(Author)

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When Alex Higgins' first manager bestowed the nickname "Hurricane Higgins" on the young, feisty snooker player, he had no idea just how apt it was to prove over the next 30 years. This is the sad yet uplifting story of a man who had everything to play for, but now has to play hard for anything he can get. Charting his rise and fall, the book questions how a two-time world champion who thrilled millions and glamourized the game can be left penniless and discarded. It tells of his legal battles against snooker's governing bodies and his own personal battle with throat cancer. Describing the man in the kind of brusque and uncompromising way that characterized his game, this biography shows how Higgins, sitting fitfully on snooker's sidelines, still has a story to tell, and another controversy to spark.

'Author John Hennessey promises a 'warts and all' account of Alex Higgins's life and that is precisely what he delivers in this thoroughly absorbing book...well-told but cautionary tale of how narrow the line is between genius and insanity.' Sunday Express, 3 December 2000; 'This first proper account of Higgins's life is all the more clear-eyed for being written without his cooperation...' The Guardian, 7 November 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 208 pages
  • John Hennessey(Author)
  • Mainstream Publishing (1 Oct. 2000)
  • English
  • 6
  • Sports, Hobbies & Games

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  • By Casual Observer on 22 April 2002

    I'm not going to mess around - this book is total dross. It is poorly, poorly written and provides virtually no insight into the subject. The 250 page book covers the first 20 years of Higgins life in about a page and half, the following 100 pages are made up of a recanting of snooker game scores from 1972-80, the rest of it is made up of red-top newspaper clippings. The only worthwhile points in the book are the thoughts of friends/fellow pro's which are interspersed throughout the book - but they only serve to highlight just how dull and bleak the rest of the book is.This biogrpahy is lazy, dull, unimaginative, mind-bendingly mediocre...i could go on - but why bother? Higgins deserves a lot better than this.

  • By absolutehealth@onetel.net.uk on 21 January 2002

    There have been two other books on Higgins but nothing like this. For all his greatness and genius, the Hurricane caused untold hassle throughout his career, long before TV took over snooker. But he also enthralled millions and, as the author says, everyone wanted to play him for the sheer excitement. It's a must-read for all snooker fans, especially Higgins devotees. The adventures he got up to behind the scenes were, for the most part, new to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book - after taking ages to hunt it down. Why on earth did it not get more publicity?

  • By J armstrong on 30 June 2014

    One Alex Higgins Book tells the same story as every other Alex Higgins Book

  • By Paul Mccarthy on 20 March 2001

    I purchased the book as Alex is one of my sporting heroes. I've read his own autobiography but I wanted to find a neutral account of his life. The book was published in 2000, so it is probably most up to date account available. The book includes many opinions of people in the snooker scene, which aids the account as it enables other opinions than that of the author. It appears that Hennessy's relationship with Higgins (Like most of the people who knew him) soured over the years and this is evident from the writing style in the book. The book provides a good balance between accounting for Higgy's undeniable and wasted talent and details of his extra curricular escapades. I would recommend this book to any true fan or anyone who has a general interest in sporting or hell raising biographies.


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