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Thursday 21 September 2017

BOD uses his injury lay-off to start work on autobiography

THERE'S nothing like a setback to refocus the mind.

And Brian O'Driscoll has used his long-term injury lay-off to prepare work on what will be the most eagerly awaited sports autobiography since Roy Keane.

But the book won't be released until after the Ireland captain and Leinster star retires from the game possibly after the Lions tour of Australia next year.

A shoulder injury has ruled him out of the Six Nations this year and, while he recovers, BOD has agreed to open up about his personal and professional life in the book.

Irish publishing house Penguin Ireland secured the rights to the book -- beating off stiff competition from rivals. It comes after months of negotiations, aided by Penguin's relationship with Brian's wife and author Amy Huberman.

Award-winning author and Setanta Sports panellist Paul Kimmage has already started to work on the book alongside the number 13.

Mr Kimmage, who has also written Rough Ride, detailing his experiences as a professional cyclist, said he feels a "responsibility" to do the sports star justice.

But he said that Brian has a strict timeline in mind and it will not necessarily be released in time for the Christmas market. "It's not going to appear until he's finished," Kimmage said. "He's adamant about that. It won't be published until he's finished his career."

"It's incredibly flattering to be asked to do it. He's one of our genuine superstars," he added. "I've never worked with a superstar before and it will be interesting."

Director of Penguin Ireland, Michael McLoughlin anticipates significant sales of the book.

"Brian is probably Ireland's greatest sportsman, so we expect people to have huge interest in it," he said.

"We are fortunate to have had an existing relationship with Brian, having published his last book, and his wife, Amy Huberman, who we publish as well."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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