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Timmy Murphy with Donn McClean

Sold out of its hardback issue, now re-printed in paperback and updated since Timmy Murphy won the 2008 Grand National on Comply Or Die.

Timmy Murphy’s story is not just about a young man who pursued his dream and fulfilled it. This is a story about anticipation, frustration, alcoholism, despair, realisation, reconciliation and ultimately, redemption.

It looked all over for Murphy when the cell door closed behind him at Wormwood Scrubs on 23 July 2002. All blown away in one moment of alcohol-induced madness. His account of his time inside is frighteningly stark. The regret, the fear, the shame, the appreciation of liberty. He tells of starting all over again with his reputation in tatters and nothing but his extraordinary talent intact. And he tells of the remarkable chain of events that led to him landing one of the top jobs in National Hunt racing.

In Riding the Storm, Murphy relays his tale with the rare frankness of one who knows what it is like to stare into the abyss and return.

Riding the Storm was short-listed for the following awards:

  • Inaugural William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year – 2006
  • Boylesports Irish Sports Book of the Year – 2006
  • British Sports Book Autobiography of the Year – 2006

Reviews of Riding the Storm

“The idiom and the idiocies are honest. These are Murphy’s own words, fashioned around his own mistakes – and in turn his own hardship, resolution and repentance. But he is indebted to McClean for the energy and rhythm of a remarkable parable.”
The London Independent, 19 December, 2006 – Chris McGrath

“This is an autobiography, an excellent one, well crafted by Donn McClean, but it is essentially a book of atonement.”
The Sunday Times, 7 January, 2007 – Book of the week

“Searingly honest, utterly outshines the banal ramblings of our indigenous football population.”
Daily Telegraph

“A remarkably candid autobiography.”
Daily Mail


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