From the Eye of the Hurricane: My Story

From the Eye of the Hurricane: My Story

by Alex Higgins (Author)


Considered by many to be a genius at his peak, Alex Higgins' unorthodox play and exciting style earned him the nickname 'Hurricane' and led to his immense popularity and fame. He is credited with elevating the game of snooker from the backrooms to the world stage. In 1972 he became the youngest winner of the World Championship, repeating his victory in emotional style in 1982. The high-life followed, with parties and prolonged drinking bouts accompanied by celebrities, including his close friend Oliver Reed. Higgins' story is so much more than just snooker. Head-butting tournament officials, threatening to have team-mates shot, getting involved with gangsters, abusing referees, affairs with glamorous women, frequent fines and lengthy bans, all contributed to Higgins slipping down the rankings as he succumbed to drink and drug taking and lost his fortune. After suffering two bouts of throat cancer, Alex Higgins now reflects on his turbulent life and career in his first full autobiography -- from the eye of the 'Hurricane'.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Headline
Published: 31 May 2007

ISBN 10: 0755316606
ISBN 13: 9780755316601

Author Bio
Born in Belfast in 1949, Alex Higgins turned professional at the age of 22. A year later he won the World Championship and repeated his victory in 1982. He has also won the Benson and Hedges Masters twice (1978 and 1981) and the UK Championship once (1983). He has three children from two marriages and lives in Belfast.