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W&N Biography/Sport HB October £20.00 288pp 978 0 7528 9880 3 ebook: £20.00 978 1 4091 1224 2

RONNIE O’SULLIVAN Ronnie O’Sullivan: My Story World snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan's frank and honest account of his astonishingly dramatic life. At 15, Ronnie O’Sullivan became the youngest player to compile a maximum break during the English Amateur Championships. He turned professional in 1992 and won 38 successive matches that year alone. In 1993, at just 17, he became the youngest winner of a world ranking tournament when he defeated Stephen Hendry to win the UK Championships. In 1997 he recorded the fastest 147 break in history – in just 5 minutes and 20 secs – and went on to better that three times over. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s first volume autobiography, Ronnie, was a major bestseller, acclaimed for its candour and insight. His return to the snooker table has been arguably the most eagerlyawaited in top-class sport. In his new book, which continues from where the previous book left off, the snooker legend’s natural charm and humour shine through, despite his no-holds-barred revelations about the pressures of life at the top. Ronnie reflects on how much of his life has been spent running away, or running towards (often inadvisable) things: school, his parents (his mother was sent to jail for tax evasion and his father went to jail for murder), and only last year away from the game itself – while still World Champion. His comeback to the sport in April to defend his title is just one of the extraordinary events in Ronnie’s life. Ronnie O’Sullivan, dubbed ‘the Mozart of snooker’, has clocked up an incredible number of awards and trophies, including the Embassy World Championship, the China Open, the Royal Championships, the Benson and Hedges Masters and the British Open. He is still the most naturally gifted snooker player around at the moment. He has won at least 12 major tournaments since the publication of the hardback of Ronnie in 2003.

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Location: Chigwell, Essex Available for Interview www.ronnieosullivan.tv @ronnieo147

W&N Non-Fiction/Biography/Sport • October 2013

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