My Story: From the Eye of the Hurricane (3 stars)

ALEX HIGGINS

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My Story: From the Eye of the Hurricane (Headline)

SPORT MEMOIR

I wonder if Headline won the race to secure the life story of Alex Higgins as this rebel with a cue was rarely away from them in the papers. Never one for the modest approach, Higgins’ assertion that he changed the game of snooker forever is hard to counter. What was once an old man’s sport was turned on its head by the Hurricane, a nickname which reflected his playing style and the destruction he often left in his drunken wake. What also seeps through is his genuine regret at the pain he has caused fellow professionals during tournaments and family members away from the baize.

With this straightforward and often naïve autobiography, Higgins recalls the massive highs and plunging lows of a life fought in a dazzling public glare. What you yearn for is a Gordon Burn or a David Peace to do justice to the cultural and social contexts in which Hurricane raged and then blew himself out.

(Brian Donaldson)

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