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ARGUABLY NO sports star has ever captured the nation's hearts like Jimmy White. In an era where sportsmen have gained a reputation for their blandness, White has consistently been a brilliant one-off.
Regarded as one of the most naturally gifted snooker players of all time, White has enthralled the public with his antics on and off the table over three decades. Famously, he has been a runner-up in the World Championships on a record six occasions and he has taken his hugely loyal fans through a roller coaster of emotions, particularly in the 1990's when he lost five consecutive finals.
However, that run did nothing to quell the public's fascination with a sportsmen who has never forgotten his roots. Jimmy's life has been filled with challenges, all of which he discusses, from fighting testicular cancer to changing his name to 'Jimmy Brown' for a publicity stunt in 2005.
With a searing honesty, White outlines everything from his early life, his monumental natural talent and what it feels like to have got so close to sporting immortality - yet just missed out. White's no-hold barred account of a life lived in the fast lane also makes for intriguing reading. The girls, the drugs, the booze and the rock n' roll lifestyle; Jimmy pulls no punches when discussing his tearaway behaviour - his massive love and enthusiasm for life itself, his family and the sport he adores more than any other.
With a best friend in Ronnie Wood - the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist, White has been at the best parties, the best gigs and lived the dream for 30 years. In a darker way, find out his honest opinions on match-fixing, drugs in sport and the friends and foes he made on the gruelling snooker circuit.
Filled with anecdotes and tales galore - as well as lifting the lid on snooker's chronic problems - Jimmy's story is a thrilling and fascinating insight into a phenomenal character - on and off the snooker table.
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Having grown up watching Snooker through the period of Jimmy, Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry, I believe I experienced what was a Golden Age of Snooker, certainly in the UK. It really was a massive Sport in that time and once I began working shifts in 1994, I lost touch with a lot of it, sadly. If TV was a window into this world, "Second Wind" is a fly-cam on his shoulder through childhood years to the present day. I never considered that one day I'd have the opportunity to meet a childhood sporting hero face to face, but I did, and even had a quick game of pool with him. Jimmy's presence in real life is still as captivating as it was when he was the guy battling World titles on the TV. I never followed any tabloid coverage of Jimmy in the 80's or 90's so reading his autobiography really was time well spent, but most of all enjoyed! It's not your classic 'Rags to Riches' success story and I'm sure it was never intended to be, but its certainly a tale that makes you understand the damage we do to kids by pigeon holing them at an early age at school, or forcing our own version of 'success' upon them. Jimmy found his path quite by accident but you get the feeling that this was always the way it was meant to be for him. I don't want to drop any spoilers so will just say that certain parts are inspirational and certain parts are absolute foghorn loud warnings to others of avoiding the traps that can destroy lives and families. It's amazing how Jimmy comes through and out the other end as the sound individual he is today and still with a determination to be greater, achieve more and to push his own limits. That's real passion. And that's what comes across if you ever get a chance to meet him. If you enjoy knocking some balls around a pool table or snooker table, he has time for you. A true ambassador for the sport. Read his book, and you'll understand exactly why a lot of people admire what he has done and is doing.