WINNER OF THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS RUGBY BOOK OF THE YEAR
The revelatory autobiography of a rugby colossus: Paul O'Connell.
There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. He is synonymous with passion, heart and determination; but he is also the thinking man's rugby player, a legendary student of the game.
As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009, and captain of the first Ireland team to defend a Six Nations championship, O'Connell has emerged as perhaps the most beloved of the golden generation of Irish rugby players. In an autobiography as intense as its author, he tells the story of his remarkable career.
'O'Connell's book tells you how it all happened' David Walsh, Sunday Times
'O'Connell has emptied the tank here' Hilary A. White, Irish Independent
'The intense physicality of his rugby upbringing is an abiding theme . . . along with humour, the craic and an extensive knowledge of how teams work' Paul Hayward, Daily Telegraph
'I found The Battle entrancing' Stephen Jones, Sunday Times
'Revelatory . . . Unflinchingly charts his personal evolution' Keith Duggan, Irish Times
Paul O’Connell my hero I was born and bread in Munster and grew up with his influence all around me and it’s a great book
Open and honest - an excellent read. Different to other autobiographies in that the focus is on the mental side and preparation for games rather than going into specific details of the games idiosyncrasies. Highly recommended.