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Niall Quinn: The Autobiography

Niall Quinn

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Biography: sport, Autobiography: sport, Prose: non-fiction

The brilliant and long-awaited autobiography of football hero Niall Quinn, Ireland's all-time leading goalscorer

When Niall Quinn learned he was going to the 2002 World Cup with Ireland, it seemed the perfect climax to his international career. Yet even before the competition had started, Quinn was caught up in the most emotionally draining events of his career, as Ireland's World Cup campaign was rocked by Roy Keane's sudden departure. All his efforts at mediation failed, leaving him exhausted. As he worked to find a solution, Quinn looked back on his life and career, and saw echoes of his current situation. In this fascinating autobiography, updated for this edition, he recalls the all-night drinking sessions with Tony Adams and Paul Merson, the gambling, the good times and the bad. It is a remarkable story, brilliantly told.

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Praise for Niall Quinn: The Autobiography

  • A book that sets a new template for what football autobiographies should be ... Every sentence in this book is beautfully crafted. - Paul Howard, Sunday Tribune

  • [Quinn's] frankness makes his book so endearing. He is just as open about his own failings as a profesional. - Sunday Telegraph

  • The most fair-minded account of ... the verbal "surgical slaughtering" of Mick McCarthy by Roy Keane - Andy Pollak, The Irish Times

  • A magnificent autobiography, candid, funny and occasionally lyrical... Quinn...is a big man in every sense - Jonathan Wilson, FourFourTwo

  • It is possibly the best [of the William Hill shortlisted books] - Will Buckley, Observer

  • Thoughtful, funny, nostalgic, occasionally poignant - Tommy Conlon, Sunday Independent

  • A lively and thought-provoking autobiography - Sarah Edworthy, Daily Telegraph

  • My vote [for the William Hill prize] might have gone to the only ghosted autobiography on the list... Brilliantly constructed. - Simon Barnes, The Times

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