Tuesday 22 January 2019

It's battle of biographies in BOD and Keane 'shelf-off'

EARLY KICK-OFF: Cute hoor Roy on the shelves a fortnight before O'Driscoll

IT'S set to be the biggest battle of the season.

Former Irish soccer star and the squad's current assistant manager, Roy Keane, facing off against recently retired Brian O'Driscoll, generally accepted as one of the greatest, if not the best, rugby player to wear the green jersey.

But the two, who both captained their country, will spar this winter on the bookshelves in a bid to see whose autobiography will emerge as the best seller for the Christmas market.

And it seems that Keane may have already stolen a march on his rugby counterpart before a page has been turned.


His book entitled The Second Half is available in less than a month's time - October 9.

However, Brian O'Driscoll's life story named: Brian O'Driscoll The Test My Autobiography is not available to fans until October 23 - a fortnight after Keane's publication hits book stores.

The Herald has learned that O'Driscoll's tome, which is being ghost-written by Limerick Leader editor Alan English, is in the final stage of pre-production with publishers Penguin Ireland.

However, even when O'Driscoll's book hits the shelves, Keane and his author, Roddy Doyle, will have already begun their publicity tour.

On October 22 - the day before O'Driscoll's thoughts comes onto the shelves - Keane and Doyle will speak at the RDS in Dublin. Tickets for the event go on sale next week online with Ticketmaster and entry will cost €40.

Keane is expected to delve into issues such as his falling out with former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson after the then-club captain criticised the performance of squad members in 2005.

Last year, Ferguson told his side of the story and Keane's retort is eagerly anticipated.

And it seems that while you can't judge a book by its front cover, fans of Brian O'Driscoll will certainly notice that the photograph of the Leinster star on the front sleeve of the book seems to have been captured before his very recent nose operation.

Ghost-writer Alan English has been working with O'Driscoll throughout the summer months on the book after Paul Kimmage resigned from the project last January.


Mr English, who has completed three rugby books, was contacted by Penguin Ireland, just days before Kimmage's resignation was made public, to complete the project with O'Driscoll.

He has since started the book from scratch, working closely with the former Ireland and Leinster hero.

Exciting times lie in wait for O'Driscoll over the coming months with new TV and radio ventures.

Earlier this week, his wife, Amy Huberman, announced that the couple are expecting their second child in November.


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