Ronnie: The Autobiography of Ronnie O'Sullivan

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Ronnie is snooker's most written and talked about player, and its greatest showman. His supreme talent and style have made him the People's Champion and, as one commentator put it, 'the question is not how much does Ronnie O'Sullivan need snooker, but how much does snooker need Ronnie O'Sullivan?' At 15, Ronnie became the youngest player to compile a recognised 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 seconds - and has gone on to better that three times. In 2001 he confirmed his legendary status by winning the Embassy World Title. But Ronnie's autobiography will reveal more just than just the sporting side of the man the BBC speculates 'could become the world's greatest ever'; it will also be a full and candid account of an extraordinary life.It will tell of the infant who was introduced to legendary snooker clubs at an impossibly early age, of the boy who was taking on and defeating all comers at 12 and frightening off the bookies in the process, of the teenager whose life was decimated when his father and mentor was sent to prison for life; of the man dubbed the 'genius' of the modern game who regularly threatens to quit the sport to pursue other interests at the grand old age of 28.

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Since turning professional in 1992, O'Sullivan has clocked up an incredible number of awards and trophies, including the UK Championship, the China Open, the Regal Championships, the Benson and Hedges Masters and the British Open. In January 2000 O'Sullivan won the Nations Cup for England, boasting the best record of any player, 13 wins from 15 frames played.

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RONNIE was serialised in THE SUN for 3 days from 24 - 26 March. Although Ronnie was knocked out of the World Championship in Round One, his maximum 147 break ensured that there was lots of publicity about him around publication.. Ronnie has been interviewed on RADIO 4 MIDWEEK, RADIO 5 FI GLOVER SHOW, RADIO2 STEVE WRIGHT SHOW, TALKSPORT and ONEWORD RADIO on 7th May. HELLO & OK magazines have both put bids in for an 'At Home' with Ronnie and his family, which he is considering at the moment. Ronnie has done the following bookshopsignings:24 April: 12.30pm WHS Sheffield 217 COPIES SOLD7 May: 1pm Waterstone's Leadenhall 180 COPIES SOLD & 6.30pm Borders Oxford St8 May: 1pm BooksEtc Canary Wharf 174 COPIES SOLD & 6.30pm Ottakar's Bromley 100 COPIES SOLD12 May: 12.30pm Waterstone's Gateshead Centre 120 COPIES SOLD & 5pm Borders York 110 COPIES SOLD13 May: 1pm Waterstone's Leeds 130 COPIES SOLD & 5.30pm Waterstone's Manchester 125 COPIES SOLD14 May: 1pm WHS Nottingham 150 COPIES SOLD & 5.30pm Borders Leicester approximately 40 copies sold, which was a lower turnout than expected, but about 150 stock copies signed15 May: 12.30 Hammicks Luton 100 COPIES SOLD & 6.30pm WHS Lakeside 100 COPIES SOLD16 May: 21.30pm Waterstone's Bluewater 70 COPIES SOLD & 4.30pm CostcoWatford 148 COPIES SOLD CONFIRMED PRESS INTERVIEWS: THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - sports interview 13 AprilTHE INDEPENDENT Brian Viner Sports interview 19 AprilTHE GUARDIAN atricle about Ronnie and the book by Simon Hattenstone in the Sports section on 19 April.THE HERALD - feature interview and cover 19 AprilPA FEATURES - syndicated interview 7th MaySUNDAY POST (DUNDEE) - interview 13 April RONNIE was book of the week on RADIO 5 SIMON MAYO SHOW on 28 April, and Simon Hattenstone was also interviewed about the book on the show on 1st May. Ronnie has been interviewed for the feature 'My Favourite Teacher' in the TES which will run in June. Regional coverage has included:THE WHARF - interviewBELFAST TELEGRAPH - interviewSWINDON EVENING ADVERTISER - interviewDUBLIN DAILY - interviewDERRY JOURNAL - review IRELAND Ronnie is playing a series of exhibition matches in Ireland from 19-23 May and will be interview on RTE's Marion Finucan show on 21st May and will also be signing books at Easens in

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