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Dub Sub Confidential: A Goalkeeper's Life With and Without the Dubs Paperback – November 2, 2015
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Four decades after Eamon Dunphy published Only a Game?, his seminal book on football, John Leonard has produced the Gaelic football equivalent - only it's better ... This strikingly blunt and honest portrait of the bizarre goings-on in the GAA world includes astute observations not just on modern sport but also modern life. Sunday Times Sports Books of the Year As fascinating as its insights into the Dublin dressing room and the big matchdays are, to reduce Dub Sub Confidential to being just a sports or GAA book is to do it an injustice; it is an astonishing, exceptional, visceral account of a confused young man -- Kieran Shannon Irish Examiner Reads like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ... a great read Ray D'Arcy, RTE Radio 1 The overall feeling of Leonard's sporting life is of a high-wire act. He somehow managed to have a part-time romance with Dublin football while full-bloodedly chasing whatever and whoever was on offer in Dublin after dark ... There is an antic and often jubilant energy to Leonard's writing -- Keith Duggan Irish Times Remarkable ... a stark and searingly honest memoir the42.ie Students of Gaelic football will be intrigued by his account of the rivalry with Cluxton, arguably the most important player of modern times Sunday Times A great read. Honest and really well written Conor McKeon A fine read -- Damian Lawlor John Leonard's brutally honest account of a road less travelled and his time as understudy to iconic Dubs keeper Stephen Cluxton transcends sport. Irish Independent Engaging, honest, sad and frightening in places - ultimately raw and real. Couldn't put it down -- Ryle Nugent RTE Outstanding. Can't recommend it highly enough. Instant classic. Joe Molloy Compelling and ground-breaking -- Dave Hannigan Evening Echo A must read Loaded, Top 10 Books of 2015 Dub-Sub Confidential has already become a sort of handbook for anyone in sport struggling with mental health issues, and for good reason: not many footballers will openly confess to double-popping pills or turning up for training half blitzed. Yet Leonard is clearly in a better place now. -- Ian O'Riordan Irish Times Searingly honest; funny and sad at the same time -- Gavin Cummiskey
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A great insight into the life of talented goalkeeper who was unfortunate to be around at the same time as the best goalkeeper the GAA has ever had. The clerical abuse was reported very well.
His personality shines through so that this book is not only an inside-the-locker room expose of the Dub's rituals and warm-ups and practices - it's also a mad careening journey into the mind of a man crazied by a pedophile priest in his boyhood and who's been chasing demons since then. The man's heart shines through in this book on football and I'm a person who HATES football of any description, having married a bloke who watched it every night for the 8 years of our "bliss" together.
John managed to keep me rivetted throughout although I got lost on some of the footy jargon. So don't let the apparent content put you off. It really is a read about a guy who went from god-awful benders of self-oblivion to the sober paddy he is today. That journey is not unusual - what's unusual is that a man could be so honest about it. More men should be so honest.
It's a great read - it'll get your pulse racing (if you're a football fan) and it will creep rapidly around your heart like vines so that you praise the gods when he finally meets his wife Serena and sobers up. I can't convey the relief I felt when that happened. A really interesting read.