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Brought to you by Penguin. 

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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wonderful book,lol, belly laughs and great piece on mental health 👍 top man, highly recommended.

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Playing the game

I played rugby Union from the early sixties through to mid seventies, I never enjoyed watching rugby but loved playing the game, when injury forced me to stop and began watching the game in earnest and if I could get the occasional ticket for the international I was happy, I have just read Jo Marlers book, and I know how much the game has improved since it has now gone professional, but I do wonder the vast amount of alcohol some of these England super stars consume during there tours representing England, I would have thought with all the training and fitness required they would have been more responsible for their performance and their bodies.
Thank you loved the book Jo.

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wonderful book and very well narrated by Joe.

Have recommended this to both friends rugby fans and non fans alike its a brilliant book I completed it in about 4-5 days and loved it all the way through.

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Must read for everyone not just rugby fans

What a superb personal account of his journey through his rugby career and mind.
The emotion was there and didn’t hold back, big respect for talking about mental health.
The added bonus of being narrated by Joe, he adds all the emotion and It brings it more to life.
Recommend to all people not just rugby fans.

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I laughed and cried. Brilliantly honest.

Great audio book improved by the reading by the author. Funny, brutally honest and thought provoking story of JM's career. I really enjoyed it. Thank you Joe for your honesty about your own struggles with mental health. The more hairy arse blokes that talk about it the better. I will take away the analogy of the rugby ball and life: you never know which way it's going to bounce.

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Great book and insight to joe life and experiences

Great book really enjoyed the stories and talking about his struggles with mental health can relate there. Always what makes the book even better is joe marler reading the book and doing accents to different characters. 10/10

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Passionate and hilarious

Great book, couldn’t wait to pop the headphones in and finish it.

Important key messages throughout which you will take away with you.

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A legend and a gent

An out an out animal of a man with a soft cuddly side. A true gent and so brave and open confronting his mental health issues and sharing them with us. Made me evaluate my own health and talk about it. Joe, thank you, genuinely.

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Fun and honest insight into big Joe.

Loved it. Funny and interesting and some cracking stories. Easy listen to and finished it in a week.

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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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  • Scott McCafferty
  • 23-06-22

A Nugget!

Very entertaining and insightful, wildly humorous and deeply touching. Highly recommended reading! Thanks, Joe.

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  • Rebecca Fecher
  • 03-03-22

Excellent!

Absolutely loved it. Funny, charming, inspiring, and keeps you wanting more. So glad I gave this one a try, and that it is read by the man himself. Please write another!!

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  • Aaron Davis
  • 02-11-21

Top Drawer

A fantastic read (or listen). I can relate to many of the topics included, outside of the whole elite, world class rugby player thing. Thanks, Joe!

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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.