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  • Knockouts, Snookers, Bullseyes, Tight Lines and Sweet Deals
  • By: Barry Hearn
  • Narrated by: Barry Hearn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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By: Barry Hearn
Narrated by: Barry Hearn
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Summary

The autobiography of the legendary sports promoter Barry Hearn.

'I am the largest sports promoter in the world. I promote 11 sports to a global audience of billions of people every day of my life'

A larger-than-life working-class hero, Romford born and bred—always ready with the perfect soundbite—Barry Hearn was famously described as 'roguish but never a rogue'.

Hearn is credited with turning snooker into one of the biggest sports in Britain. He essentially turned a sport in which competitors wear bowties into a massive globally televised event. Away from the table, his promotions empire casts its net over a dozen sports—from professional boxing to darts, fishing to 10-pin bowling—and his career spans four decades. He also previously owned Leyton Orient football club.

Packed with hilarious anecdotes from the golden age of snooker, and behind-the-scenes insight into boxing negotiations and darts bust-ups, Hearn's book is a joy to listen to from start to finish.

©2022 Barry Hearn (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Very insightful

I have always have an interest in the life of Barry and Eddie Herne, this book proves to be worthy of every single penny spent on. The book gave an insightful nature of the man and his life, his bravery, intelligent and most importantly his principles. It is no surprise to see the success he accumulated and how his children turn out to be.

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I only wish my Father could have heard it!

Be prepared to listen twice, Barry tells his story at the same speed that his unique brain spots business opportunities. You feel as though you are in his company, enjoying his story telling skills.
Beneath his exterior, which he’s happy to adopt, he’s also as my Father told me ‘The true gent of sport’, proud to acknowledge that his wife Sue would always have the final say.
It’s wonderful to listen to in the knowledge that so many boxers, darts players, snooker players, the list is endless, are not led to fame and fortune without strong moral and family values to set an example.
I thoroughly enjoyed having such insight into both ups and downs and the story behind the big fight or win or loss. There’s few holes bared including the hard times and mistakes.
It leaves the reader feeling brave enough to try, wanting to push for that dream and not give up. But also never forget the real values,

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Great listen

Well done Barry Hearn, narrated the whole book at a nice pace to listen to bringing his life story alive. Big stories little stories and everything in-between well worth the money.

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  • 13-11-22

Couldn’t put it down. Very entertaining!

Fair play to Barry - he’s arrogant personified but does it with a joking charm which separates him from other big heads lol.

I bought this as a snooker fan who loves most sports, but fair play, if you want to know the inside stories of snooker, pool, boxing, darts, poker, ten pin bowling, fishing and even gymnastics…. read this.

Intriguing, funny and informative. As it’s also narrated by Barry, this enhances it further.

Would highly recommend.

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Good read

a very interesting read a very interesting life. but Barry Remains very humble. Will Eddie be just as interesting 🤔

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Interesting

Overall rather interesting, some good anecdotes. Fair play to him building up a successful business.

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top class. a very honest book no airs or graces.

top class brutally honest.
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very interesting and very grounded never forgot where he came from

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A great insight into the life and sporting adventures of an amazing English sporting promoter

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Fascinating Insight

Rags to riches tale, alot of insights into past sporting stars.would recommend to all sport fans.



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What a life

Great listen amazing how Barry remembered all the stories so well. What a life he has led and met some characters along the way. Fantastic and a must read for fans of snooker darts and boxing!

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  • 28-08-22

If you enjoyed Eddie you will love this

Finished Eddies book wanting to better understand HOW Matchroom actually happened. This book did not disappoint. Very much enjoyed the rags to riches element. But more importantly, the admittance to luck being a huge factor in success. Not enough successful people admit this and it was refreshing. Hard work for sure. Relentless, absolutely. But also blessed with luck.

Great book Barry. Bravo.