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"Interesting: My Autobiography"

Steve Davis.   416 Pages.   36 Photographs.   Published 2015.


The man behind the 'boring' tag has always been the sport's smartest and sharpest man. With his cool, obsessive approach, Steve rewrote the rule book and became untouchably the best player in the world and the best paid sportsman in the country. Interesting lays it all bare: what it was like to win in those pressure-cooker situations; how to cope at the top, when everyone wants you to lose; and how you deal with the moment when a man comes along who is finally better than you.



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Biographical



"Jimmy White: Second Wind"

Jimmy White.   352 Pages.   76 Photographs.   Indexed.   Published 2014.


They call me the People's Champion. All I've ever wanted to do is entertain the public and hear the roar of the crowd as they chant my name. From the age of just 11, snooker has given me a life of fun, fame, fortune and freedom.
But it's not always been easy there have been plenty of ups and downs, on and off the table. I've lived the way I've played my snooker - fast, hard and with plenty of risks.



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"Running: The Autobiography"

Ronnie O'Sullivan with Simon Hattenstone.
288 Pages.   25 Photographs.   Published 2013.


Running is what has helped me fight my demons, win five world snooker championships, and cope with all the crap life's thrown at me. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and in this book I look at everything that hasn't killed me, but has had a good go.

For the first time, I explain some of my madder moments - why I walked out in the middle of a match against Stephen Hendry, and why I sat with a wet cloth over my face in a match against Mark King. This is a book about what it takes to be a champion - the sacrifices you have to make, the obsessive practice, the selfishness.


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Biographical

"Black Farce and Cue Ball Wizards:
The Inside Story of the Snooker World"


Clive Everton.   400 Pages.   Published 2012.
Updated - 7 new chapters.


Clive Everton recounts the glory and despair, the dreams and disillusion, and the treachery and greed that have characterised the game since it was invented as an innocent diversion by British Army officers in India in the nineteenth century. He tells the true and unexpurgated tale of snooker's transformation into a television success story second only to football and exposes how its potential has been shamefully squandered.


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Biography

"Who Was Hurricane Higgins"

Tony Francis.   366 Pages.   44 Photographs.   Published 2011.


Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins transcended sport in a way very few sportsmen ever have. He remains a legend and the most outstanding, charismatic snooker player who ever walked into an arena.
If you want to know what kind of man could mesmerise and terrorise his way to the top; be acclaimed by millions one moment and literally thrown out of a pub the next; die in pitiful isolation yet be celebrated by thousands lining the streets in what amounted to a state funeral, then Who Was Hurricane Higgins? is a must-read.


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Biography

"Ken Doherty - Life in the Frame - My Story"

Ken Doherty.   280 Pages.   15 Photographs.   Published 2011.


Ken Doherty is the only player ever to win the Under 21, Amateur and World Snooker Championships. In this honest and emotional autobiography, Ken tells how he went from the World Snooker final at the Crucible to qualifying tables of Prestatyn and back again. In 1989 - at the ripe age of 20 - Doherty won the World Amateur Championship and was duly invited to become a professional of the game. Four years later, after losing his first Grand Prix to Jimmy White, Ken went on to win his first ranking title, the Welsh Open, which was enough to catapult the 'Darlin of Dublin' into the top 16 players in the world.



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"Willie Thorne - Taking A Punt On My Life"

Willie Thorne.   260 Pages.   Over 60 Photo's.   Published 2011.


During snooker's heyday in the 1980s, Willie Thorne was one of the game's best-known and well-liked players. But behind the happy-go-lucky smile lurked a dark secret. Willie was a gambling addict and by the end of his career he'd blown £1.5 million. Desperation and depression took hold, culminating in a suicide attempt. In Taking a Punt on My Life, Willie bares his soul, talking openly and frankly about his life - good and bad.



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"Frame of Mind: The Autobiography of the World Snooker Champion"

Graeme Dott.   258 Pages.   27 Photographs.   Published 2011.


In this inspirational autobiography, Graeme Dott talks for the first time in detail about his depression and how he managed to turn his life around. He describes his childhood in one of the toughest parts of Glasgow, tells of his love for Glasgow Rangers and his snooker career, and the part Alex Lambie played in making his dreams come true. His deep love for Elaine and his children, Lewis and Lucy emerges in this story of a man who almost lost everything he worked for.


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"Let Me Tell You About Alex: Wild Days and Nights on the Road with the World's Greatest Snooker Player Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins"

John Virgo.   239 Pages.   30 Photo's.   Published 2011.


Whatever else he was, Alexander Gordon Higgins wasn't nice. John Virgo knew Higgins as well as anyone. He made no apologies for his friend and was frequently driven to dispair by his antics.
This is an affectionate and honest portrait of the most legendary player ever to hit the world of snooker. Recounting the legends, dispelling the myths and telling the whole extraordinary truth, this is Hurricane Higgins by those who knew him best.


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Short Stories

"The Little Book of Snooker"

Sean Boru.     135 Pages.     Published 2010.




More for bedtime reading than one to sit down with. Full of one-liners, longer quotes and anecdotes, lists of nick-names and tournament winners, short biographries and historical facts.





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"Whirlwind: The Incredible Story of Jimmy White"

Aubrey Malone.   175 Pages.   37 Photographs.   Published 2009.




Jimmy "Whirlwind" White is Britain's best-loved snooker player. A one-time ragamuffin straight out of the pages of Charles Dickens, he has enthralled audiences the world over for three decades with his electrifying brilliance, winning ten world ranking events, although famously he lost six heartbreaking Crucible World Championship finals.



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"From the Eye of the Hurricane: My Story"

Alex Higgins.   320 Pages.   33 Photographs.   Published 2007.



Throughout the 1970's and 1980's Alex Higgins was one of the biggest names in the country - on the front and back pages of the nation's papers.

Twice world champion, the emotion he displayed when winning in 1982 was witnessed by millions on television and remains one of British sport's iconic images. But the tears shed that evening revealed the fragility of his character - a character that has taken him to the top of the world and back down to its darkest corners.


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"Out of the Blue - Into the Black"

John Spencer.   206 pages.   23 Photographs.   Published 2005.




John Spencer became one of the first professionals of the modern era in the late 1960's, and claimed 3 World Championship titles among his many tournament wins before his double vision problems were diagnosed as the rare condition Myasthenia Gravis, effectively ending his playing career.




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"Snooker Legends: And Where Are They Now?"

Dean Hayes.   134 Pages.   48 Photographs.   Published 2004.





Dean Hayes explores the lives of 40 of the game's greatest players; including Joe Davis, Alex Higgins, Ray Reardon, Kirk Stevens, Cliff Thorburn and Eddie Charlton. Includes biographies and career statistics.







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"Masters of the Baize: Cue Masters, Bad Boys and Forgotten Men in Search of Snooker's Ultimate Prize"

Luke Williams & Paul Gadsby.   256 pages.   Published 2005.





Starting with Joe Davis, 21 of the greatest players, including Alex Higgins, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Jimmy White, have their lives and achievements explored in this journey through the game's rich and absorbing history.





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Biography

"Ronnie: The Autobiography of Ronnie O'Sullivan"

Ronnie O'Sullivan with Simon Hattenstone.

216 Pages.   52 Photographs.   Indexed.   Published 2003.






An open and honest autobiography that reveals the sometimes troubled life of the player now recognised as the most talented the game has ever produced.





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Biography

"Behind the White Ball"

Jimmy White with Rosemary Kingsland.

298 pages.    12 Photographs.    Published 1998.





'I want to tell it like it is - and like it really was. I will hold nothing back and will tell all my little secrets, things that have never been revealed in the newspapers. This will be the truth behind the headlines. It is not your usual sporting autobiography.'





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