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The unfiltered truth about being a rugby player - from the horsey's mouth.

This book is not just about how I got back on my horse and went clippity-clop all the way to the World Cup final in Japan.

It's the story of how a fat kid who had to live up to the nickname Psycho grew up to play (and party) for over a decade with rugby's greatest pros. 

From just about surviving the equivalent of 30 car crashes a game and crooning Adele for team spirit, to extensive field notes on the smell of the Scrum and the fine art of on-pitch relief. Then there's rugby's secret naked wrestling scene and how it was exposed.

In my world, you never know how the ball will bounce....

©2020 Joe Marler (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Really enjoyed this book.

I pre ordered this book the same time as James Haskells and listened to James Haskells first and was worried I wouldn't be able to follow that with this book. I really enjoyed this book and think it is well worth a read. again if you are into rugby you will enjoy this book. fair play Joe!!

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Stunning

Such a well read story, not what I was expecting.
I laughed and cried. Huge praise to Joe for being so open and honest. I can't recommend this book enough

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Well worth a go

Got this as a rugby fan although I thought it could be more than a rugby book. I hoped to hear the tour stories, the daft decisions on the field but also why Joe has become such an advocate for mental health awareness. Definitely not dissapointed. A brilliant listen on all fronts and gripping. Honest, funny, insightful and thought provoking. Def worth a listen

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Fantastic book and even better Narration!

From the first sentence I knew I would love the book. He brings his personality into the book and you just can't help but laugh and get carried away.

Thanks for sharing Joe Marler.

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Gives a real incite to the real Joe Marler

A great listen giving more detail of the life of a professional rugby player when the camera's are not around.

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Great book!

as a rugby fan I love Joe Marler. This audiobook was brilliant and had loads of funny moments. Joe's accents are amazing lol

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better than other rugby biographies

It's a great loosely chronological meander through Joe's life, calling out key moments fans want to hear and funny stories from the game we all love.

In a fantastic nod to Joe's brain, it isn't as prescriptive and therefore not as dull as many other rugby books I've read. When it finished I felt like I wanted to hear more.

Props fella.

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Fantastic listening

like having Joe sat in the van next to me made boring journeys fly by just gutted it's ended. cheers Joe. from Tim a Chiefs fan that loved watching you play for England.

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Brilliant

Great insight, funny and entertaining but also addressing the unseen issues some players face. only criticism is that it wasnt longer!!

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Brilliant!!!

A laugh out loud emotion fest! Thank you for sharing, can’t wait for the next instalment

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  • 10-09-21

Average

That was a struggle to finish. I decided to chose this book as I liked Joe's podcast that he has started. This however was tired and sadly pretty shallow except for the mental health chapter. If you have listened to various rugby podcasts you would have heard the majority if the "crazy" rugby stories being rehashed over and again. Bit disappointed as it felt like another one of these books.

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  • 20-04-21

Amazing storytelling!

I wasn't familiar with Joe Marler besides his impressive playing as an england prop. This story is touchingly raw and honest, but even more, well told and funny. Listening to his voice doing aaalll the accents is hilarious and had me and my husband howling at parts. It feels like spending a night in his company. Awesome read! Highly recommended!

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  • Laura Okruhlik
  • 14-04-21

I loved this!

This book was wonderful! Maybe because I was a prop in college I knew what to expect - but this book was exactly what I expected. Disappointed it got so many poor reviews. Joe does a great job reading it too!

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  • Jacob Torres
  • 26-02-21

Absolute killer

I've always searched for a rugby book that was inspiring and Joe marler killed it. This book made me love the game more, but also look at myself as a person. His honesty of personal hardships is a eye opener, and makes me want to do better for myself, not only as a person but as a player and a dad.

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  • Thugpug888
  • 21-12-20

Storytelling that made me laugh out loud.

If you like rugby even a little bit, listen to this book. Joe's stories and voice-overs were often the highlight of my day. Incredibly honest, vulnerable and insightful.

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  • Richard Brierley
  • 02-11-20

Thanks Joe!

Absolutley loved it.
The audio version was great and being an American I would not have had the same experience had I read it myself.

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  • Del
  • 19-10-20

Changed my mind completely

As a dedicated Welsh fan, I have always disliked Joe Marler. However, after listening to Joe tell his story in such an engaging, funny, and even touching way, I dislike him a lot less. I even like his voice. He did a great job narrating the book. I highly recommend this book to any sport fan, but especially any rugby fan.