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Unbreakable

William Hill Sports Book of the Year, 2023

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399610018

Price: £22

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AN INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 and THE SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2024 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR

‘Reading this is like watching an O’Sullivan break: hypnotic, dazzling and impossible to tear yourself away from.’ – STEPHEN FRY

‘Besides quite a few laughs, many readers will find recognition, reassurance, remedy and revelation in O’Sullivan’s candid story. I highly recommend it.’ – THE TIMES


‘Ronnie is searingly honest, candidly funny, and thought provokingly brilliant in Unbreakable. I devoured it.’ – NIHAL ARTHANAYAKE



In a career spanning over three decades, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s journey to becoming the greatest snooker player of all time has been filled with extremes.

A teenage snooker prodigy, Ronnie turned professional with the highest of expectations. This pressure, together with a challenging personal life, catapulted Ronnie into a life of excess and addiction. He was winning titles – his first within a year of turning professional – but losing himself and his game as he tried to block out the mental pain and misery. Whilst Ronnie appeared at the height of the game to spectators, these were the moments when he felt at his lowest.

In the year 2000 Ronnie started rehab and began the journey to get his life back, addressing his demons and working on developing a stronger and more resilient mindset. More than twenty years on, Ronnie is still obsessed with delivering his peak performance and never happier than when in a snooker hall, but success has now taken on a new meaning for the record-equalling world champion.

Framed around the many lessons Ronnie has learned from his extraordinary career, Unbreakable takes us beyond the success and record-breaking achievements to share the reality – and brutality – of making it to the very top, whatever your field. Ronnie is the first to say he doesn’t have all the answers, but in sharing the experiences that have shaped him and mistakes that have made him, he hopes to help readers navigate their own personal challenges and obstacles, and in turn reach their maximum potential.

This is Ronnie O’Sullivan as you’ve never seen him before, the definitive and unflinching story of a true British icon and a fascinating insight into the mindset of the world’s greatest snooker player.

Reviews

'Reading this is like watching an O'Sullivan break: hypnotic, dazzling and impossible to tear yourself away from. When will the world fully realise that Ronnie O'Sullivan is one of the top three greatest sportsman alive, a GOAT in the same triumvirate as Tiger Woods and Roger Federer? This utterly compelling, surprising and beautifully put together book shows us that there is so much more to him than outrageous natural talent. He is as fascinating a human as he is a player. A fabulous read.' - Stephen Fry
'I read it from cover to cover in one day ... what a page turner!' - Chris Evans
'O'Sullivan is, by statistics, longevity and the unanimous consent of others who might contest the title, the greatest player to have picked up a cue... What his book Unbreakable reveals is the other quality that sets the 47-year-old from Chigwell apart, elevating him into the micro-pantheon of truly outstanding sportsmen: resilience.' - Robert Crampton, The Times
'A sports biography like no other - his intensity defies belief.' - Strong Words Magazine
'Unbreakable breaks down the O'Sullivan snooker marriage by taking you right inside O'Sullivan's turbulent head' - The Chap
'Ronnie is searingly honest, candidly funny, and thought provokingly brilliant in Unbreakable. I devoured it.' - Nihal Arthanayake
'With honesty and self-awareness... the Rocket tells how he has got back on track after taking up running and working on his lifestyle and mental health.' - The Sun
'Unbreakable grasps the thing that makes flawed, brilliant sportsmen like O'Sullivan - or Diego Maradona, Andre Agassi or Tyson Fury - so interesting. The struggle is with themselves as much as their sport, and their triumphs are all the greater for it.' - Dan Jones, The Sunday Times
'Unbreakable provides a fascinating insight into the fortitude and fragility of an elite sportsperson's mind' - New Statesman