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    Alex Higgins(Author)

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Considered by many to be a genius at his peak, Alex Higgins's unorthodox play and exciting style earned him the nickname 'Hurricane' and led to his immense popularity and fame. In 1972 he became the youngest winner of the World Championship, repeating his victory in emotional style in 1982.

Higgins's story is so much more than just snooker. Head-butting tournament officials, threatening to shoot team-mates, getting involved with gangsters, abusing referees, affairs with glamorous women, frequent fines and lengthy bans, all contributed to Higgins slipping down the rankings as he succumbed to drink and lost his fortune. After suffering throat cancer, Alex Higgins now reflects on his turbulent life and career in his first full autobiography. The Hurricane is back - prepare to be caught up in the carnage.

The snooker legend reveals all about his turbulent life and career

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Alex Higgins(Author)
  • Headline (4 Oct. 2007)
  • English
  • 10
  • Sports, Hobbies & Games

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  • By sammyb1 on 8 February 2016

    Always liked Higgins and have read a lot of these kind of books but this one was brilliant. Well written and honest.

  • By A. Byrne on 14 October 2008

    This book is a MUST for anyone who remembers Alex as the Hurricane ; as the man who set the game on fire.Alex was always a man of courage and determination, albeit that this determination sadly spilled over into excesses. Alex shows the ultimate courage in this book, honestly recognising that he made mistakes in his life. And hey, who hasn't ?Alex's career came before the big money was attracted to snooker. Nevertheless, the big money came because of players like Alex, who electrified audiences with shots that no one could believe were possible.Unfortunately, players today are so focused on the big prize money, that the style, sponteneity and excitement of the Hurricane are but moments to relish in history.The chapter dedicated to the late Oliver Reed gives an insight into the friendship between two extraordinary characters of our time.As with all honest biographies, the truth comes at a price ; perhaps paid in terms of image. Whatever the price to Alex for being so honest, the truth he has told will speak to many and not just snooker fans.Well done Alex.

  • By K. Khan on 2 September 2010

    I would recommend this book for not only Alex Higgins fans but Snooker fans around the world. It shows the good and the bad side of his character.Having recently passed away I think it is a good time to read or re-read this book as it will remind people of the influence the Hurricane had, and largely because of him, Snooker is where it is today.Especially useful for people who are too young to see him play live.Quite simply one of the best players ever to pick up a cue.

  • By Guest on 15 April 2017

    Excellent insightful look into the world of a talented yet flawed genius, who had the talent and self belief to go far, yet in the company of a woman could change after a drinking session into a troubled man. Anyone who loves snooker and especially a player from a generation where money wasn't in great abundance in comparison to today's sporting icons will warm to this book.

  • By BOOK ADDICT on 9 May 2010

    It is often said about great sports icons that if they had only concentrated on their particular sport, and not been side-tracked by birds,booze drugs, and the good life, look how much greater they would have been. I disagree with this thought particularly in relation to Alex Higgins, if he had not done all those other things he would have been a different character and therefore not so charismatic, and an unpredictable snooker player.This is a worts and all book. Higgins is honest about his failings, but his ability to fall in and out of love over a very short period of time is staggering. Higgins was a great snooker player, and the book shows what was needed to become that player. There were some odd disappearances of people that Higgins glosses over. His disagreements with the snooker authorities seem reasonable, but it is always difficult to judge when you are only hearing one side of the argument.This is a good read, and no area is particularly laboured. He includes a chapter on another hell raiser-Oliver Reed- I don't quite know why. I suppose he could have included chapters about many characters he had come across.both exciting and boring.

  • By Saul Richman on 7 October 2007

    Alex Higgins changed the world of snooker single-handedly.But he was Jeckyl and Hyde.The good side of Higgins is the (sober) caring father visiting fans in hospital.The ugly side of Higgins is a monster, a foul mouthed violent out-of-control lunatic. The latter almost always alcohol influenced.Both sides are covered in this book, but the full story of the ugly side of Alex is not told.Also, the book is so disjointed, I found it difficult to read cover to cover and I ending up reading chapters out of sequence. Several apologies (some 30 years after the event!) to various people for his many misdemeanours over the years gives the book a self-pitying feel.At least he admits to being married to Cara - in an earlier Alex Higgins Scrapbook from the 1980s, she is conveniently airbrushed away.If you lived in Manchester in the 80s, you have your own Alex Higgins story and it would be better than those in here.I much preferred Bill Burrow's instead.

  • By craig minto on 4 April 2015

    HelloMy love for the game of snooker attracted me to readAlex Higgins - My Story. A p[layer I worshiped in the1980's along with the great Jimmy White. Alex covers a lot of ground in this autobiography. Onewhich is a thrilling read, a very funny read and at times avery sad read. The life of a god given talent who, as he admits himselfwas his own worst enemy sometimes .From Alex's poor Belfastbeginning's just after WW11 to him becoming the youngest everWorld Snooker Champion in 1972. To then lift the World trophyonce again on an uplifting 'and truly emotional night at Sheffield'sCrucible Theatre a decade later. Even though Alex had many fights, arguments and tantrums withSnooker's governing body, players, girlfriend's and wives I still cameto the last page of his book regarding him as one of my heroes. Afantastic snooker player who was like lightening around the green bays.I recommend Alex Higgins life story to all who love the game of Snooker.Craig Minto.

  • By Budō147 on 16 September 2014

    Was never a fan of Higgins. I said I'd buy the book before judging any more. After I read the book, then met the man & played against him, I disliked him even more. Just not a nice person from what I read in the book, an arrogant prick and he was like that in person. The book is honest & forthright so for that it is a good read. Whether you love him or hate him. Id recommend buying this and judging for yourself. A good read.


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