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'I'll have to start working very hard on this' - Paul O'Connell to release autobiography in 2016

Published 09/02/2016 | 12:47

Paul O'Connell has retired from rugby
Paul O'Connell has retired from rugby

Paul O'Connell's autobiography is sure to be a best-seller this Christmas with Penguin Ireland announcing that it will be released in October.

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The 36-year-old Limerick man, who announced his hamstring today due to the hamstring injury he suffered at the Rugby World Cup, will use the same ghost-writer as Brian O'Driscoll. Limerick Leader editor Alan English will have the burden of telling one of the greatest stories in Irish rugby history.

Speaking on Today with Sean O'Rourke, O'Connell said: "I have a number of things on the go. I'm doing a book at the moment which I will have to start working very hard at now."

Central to an unprecedented success for Munster and Ireland over the past 15 years, as well as a coveted Lions career, O’Connell became the most beloved and respected of the golden generation of Irish rugby players – and was widely regarded as one of the very best players in the world.

In an autobiography as intense and thoughtful as its author, O'Connell will explore the forces and struggles that turned him into the player and leader that he became. 

This is a book for everyone who wants to understand the roots of achievement and the inner world of an elite sportsman.

Michael McLoughlin, MD of Penguin Ireland, said:  ‘It is a privilege to publish Paul O’Connell’s autobiography. He was a fantastic sporting ambassador for Ireland both on and off the pitch. Together with Alan English, he has applied his legendary professionalism to the creation of what will be the must-read book for 2016.’

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