Ronnie O’Sullivan to release health and fitness book

This is something Ronnie has been about many times on his twitter account. It’s about to become reality.

Here is the annoucement:

Ronnie O’Sullivan to release health and fitness book

Ronnie O’Sullivan to release health and fitness book


Bonnier Publishing imprint Lagom has signed snooker ace Ronnie O’Sullivan’s first health and fitness book. Entitled Top of Your Game: Eating for the Mind and Body, it will contain over 80 “nourishing” recipes, created with Harley Street nutritionist and author Rhiannon Lambert.

The book, pitched as “a one stop shop for living better, eating healthier and feeding your brain to enhance your performance”, will focus on how food links to concentration and mental sharpness, as well as combatting insomnia, anxiety and learning how to digitally detox.

Natalie Jerome, acquisitions director and publisher at Bonnier Publishing, signed world language rights from Jonny Geller and Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown.

O’Sullivan OBE has won 32 ranking titles in snooker, including five World Championships, seven masters and a joint record six UK Championship titles. According to Bonnier Publishing, the new book will “show readers how to eat, think and work your way to being number one – and how to stay there”. It draws on O’Sullivan’s learnings from his nutritionist, Lambert, after two years ago he “hit a wall with his physical and mental wellbeing”.

O’Sullivan said his new attitude to diet, health and fitness had changed his life. “When it comes to snooker, I should be on the way down by now, but here I am in my 40’s still competing at the top of the game and fitter than ever,” he said. “I truly believe what you eat keeps you young and in prime position. There are kids half my age competing and they can’t concentrate because they eat rubbish and never put down their phones! It’s all about eating great food, pacing yourself, recuperating and knowing your mental health is just as important as your physical health. The biggest gains are made when you fuel yourself well, exercise regularly and you rest – thinking this way has changed my life.”

Lambert, his co-author, has worked with sports men and women including Chelsea footballer Cesc Fabregas, England international cricketer Nick Compton and British paralympic gold medallist rower David Smith MBE, as well as with TV personalities Lisa Snowdon and “Masterchef” presenter Gregg Wallace.

Top of Your Game publishes on 27th December 2018.


An article by Desmond Kane (Eurosport) about the “class of 92”


Rejuvenated class of ’92 inspire snooker’s greatest era: O’Sullivan, Higgins and Williams

37 minutes ago

Updated 15 minutes ago

Forget the 1980s, we are living in snooker’s golden age with three giants of the sport – Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Williams – performing at their very best, writes Desmond Kane.

From the golden generation, comes a golden era. The curious narrative of the green baize has become a sort of Benjamin Button with snooker balls courtesy of its glistening potting triumvirate.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Williams, the world’s top three this year, have a combined age of 126, but a collective snooker brain of about half that.

The older they get, the younger they get. Weird, but also wonderful for those of you out there who rage against the dying of the light. If the 1980s was snooker’s heyday in the UK, snooker is at its zenith in 2018.

O’Sullivan, Higgins and Williams, three blokes 21 years short of making up a combined age of 147, have never performed better encased by some sort of time-defying emollient and a genuine desire to improve.

Eight out of the season’s 16 ranking tournaments have been gobbled up by WHO at 42? It is not melodramatic to suggest the ongoing class of ’92 – the year when they started out as professionals – are holding up better at the table than Paul Newman as ‘Fast Eddie’ Felson. And he was fictional.

O’Sullivan is officially enjoying his best season collecting a career-best haul of four titles at the English Open, Shanghai Masters, UK Championship and World Grand Prix.

Snooker's top 10 this season.

No country for young men? O’Sullivan is targeting two more world titles in his 40s to equal Stephen Hendry’s record of seven.

“Perhaps 40 is the new 25,” he has commented.

After a seemingly terminal decline since his peak of world titles in 2000 and 2003, Williams is blooming like a Welsh daffodil. He ended a seven-year drought to win the Northern Ireland Open with a 9-8 win over Yan Bingtao in November before waltzing to his 20th career title with a 9-1 victory over Graeme Dott at the German Masters last month.

VIDEO – O’Sullivan: I’d like to win two more world titles before I’m 50

Higgins usurped Barry Hawkins 9-7 to earn a fifth Welsh Open and 30th ranking title on Sunday night, 23 years after he first reached the final of the event. He has also lifted the Indian Masters title less than a year after becoming the oldest World Championship finalist aged 41 since Ray Reardon in 1982.

Higgins attributes the expanded snooker tour for saving and extending his career because he is no longer having to isolate himself for practice sessions when he is playing so much. When you study six-times world champion Steve Davis aged 39 winning the Masters in 1997 for his final major victory or Hendry’s toil in his 30s before retiring at age of 43 in 2012, it is remarkable to witness snooker become a game for true greats.

VIDEO – Higgins seals victory over Hawkins in Welsh Open Final

Higgins told me back in 2009 a day after lifting the third of his four world crowns, that “when you get to your late 30, early 40s, it will naturally become more difficult with the amount of talent pushing through”. Yet he continues to compete at the highest levels due to a technique made in Scotland from girders.

A holy timeless trilogy with 11 world titles between them are rewriting the record books on what can be achieved beyond the previously slippery slope of 40 with a load of balls and a snooker cue as Chas & Dave sung back in its 1980s pomp.

VIDEO – The Rocket Files: John Higgins

The world might have been going snooker loopy back in those days of mullets, shoulder pads and shell suits, but the game of snooker has never been more credible.

Out of the top 30 heaviest century makers in the history of the sport, only Hendry, Davis and John Parrott have retired.

With a golden generation growing golder in their third decade, snooker boasts genuine forces of nature in world champion Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Ding Junhui, Shaun Murphy, Mark Allen and Neil Robertson. None of them are in the first flush of youth.

There is also a supporting cast that includes serious rising Chinese talent led by Bingtao as the sport suddenly houses serious prize money.

VIDEO – Stunning pot sets up Williams for German Masters glory

If O’Sullivan wins a sixth world title in May, he snares £425,000 and becomes the first man to earn £1m on the table in a season. But Higgins and Williams carrying off the old pot would not be a surprise given how this season is unravelling.

It is a glorious sight indeed in any sport to witness maturing talent make good on their late promise

Life begins at 40? In snooker, life begins beyond 40. And the final frame, the final black is some way off being sunk for the perpetual potters.

Desmond Kane

Follow this link to read the original article and watch the videos.

Some interesting quotes by Ronnie about John Higgins

Ahead of his match against John Higgins tonight, Ronnie explained what he thinks about John Higgins and their rivalry. I think it’s a fair assessment of their relationship and the influence they had on each other.

As for the match, tonight, it’s hard to make a prediction. It will be very much about who is in the best form on the day.

Here are his quotes, reported by Jack Wilson, in the Express (excerpts)

“It’s like a rivalry, me and John. From junior, amateurs, professionals, we’ve kind of come through the ranks together. We’ve pushed each other on to be successful.

“If I did well, that inspired John to do well and vice versa.

“He’s a fantastic player and you know going into that match, you probably have to play near your best to win unless John doesn’t perform.

“If he’s on, he’s very very good all-round.”

“John wasn’t any different as a youngster. The first time you saw him at 14, 15, it was like ‘this geezer is unbelievable.

“He had everything. I remember we played the Home Internationals and no-one had seen John until he was about 15.

“It was always me, Steve Lee and Mark Williams. I remember Steve Lee come back and say ‘have you seen this John Higgins play, around the black, he punches them in’.

“I was like ‘okay’ then I watched him and he was really good. We were like this from 13 or 14.”

Nigel Slater reports on an interview with Barry Hearn on the BBC

You can read the full article here

This is an excerpt:


But speaking in a recent interview with the BBC, Hearn said O’Sullivan should think wisely before deciding to pull out of the 17-day event.

“Listen, we have a system that’s very clear to everybody – no player is forced to play in an event. The player’s contract is democratic – you can play if you want and if you don’t (want to) then don’t play.

“It’s his (O’Sullivan’s) choice not mine. I very much hope so (that he will play) and I think for Ronnie’s sake. Life is very strange, as you look over your shoulder when you get older – you don’t want too many ‘I should have done this’ moments on your mind.

“And missing something like the World Championship for a player like Ronnie O’Sullivan, who loves snooker, there’s no question about that in my mind. I believe we will see him there and if we don’t I think he’s making a bad choice. But I recognise it is his choice to make.”

This seems to be a rather balanced view indeed.

The basic line is that we all make decisions that we see as the best for ourselves at the time we make them. Sometimes we come to regret them, and sometimes, those regrets serve as a springboard for us to rediscover hunger and motivation for things we fell a bit out of love with.

We, as fans, have just to wait and see, and accept whatever happens. I don’t think people understand fully the level of pressure and expectations Ronnie has to cope with since 25 years and counting, not just from the fans, but from the media, from the sponsors and, last but not least, from his own perfectionist self as well.

Ahead of the Masters 2018: Steve Davis on Ronnie

This was published by Worldsnooker  yesteday, and by part of the press as well

Snooker legend Steve Davis believes Ronnie O’Sullivan is still improving, and could still win tournaments in his 50s.

O’Sullivan will be defending his title at the Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace next week and aiming to win the tournament for the eighth time.

At the age of 42, O’Sullivan has produced some of the best form of his career in recent months, winning the English Open, Shanghai Masters and UK Championship since October.

Davis, who will be a pundit for BBC Sport next week, said: “Ronnie is effectively becoming the ultimate player and he doesn’t appear to suffer from pressure or tension in his game.

“Throughout his career he has had blips along the way, but I don’t think his game as a snooker player, or his mind as a snooker player, has ever stopped improving. When you see him around the table he is almost impervious to damage. He’s got such a good temperament and doesn’t seem so emotional out in the arena.

Steve Davis

“He’s an even more complete, mature player than he has been in the past. It’s astonishing to think that even into his 40s, he’s still the most feared player. He’s got a B game which can win events, and very few players can do that. Going into any event, the other players are fearful of what Ronnie can achieve when he’s at the top of his game, and they know they have to produce their best standard.

“He could become the first to win a title over the age of 50. He might relish the challenge of holding back the tide of age and the prospect of beating the young kids when he is 50. I was hanging on in the top 16 at 50, but not threatening ranking events. That challenge might appeal to him.”

The Dafabet Masters runs from January 14 to 21 with 16 of snooker’s top stars battling for the Triple Crown title and a top prize of £200,000. Mark Selby, Judd Trump, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy and Ding Junhui are among those competing.

Tickets for many sessions have already SOLD OUT but they are still available for certain sessions – fans should book fast by calling 0871 620 7052 (calls cost 13p per minute plus the network access charge) or CLICK HERE

That Ronnie could still do it at 50, I’m sure, that he will want to do it… not so sure. But time will tell.

“Framed” – a review by Csilla


As comments are closed on posts here after some time, to prevent bots spams,  Csilla found herself unable to post her thoughts about “Framed”. So here they are on her behalf. Thank you Csilla.

SPOILERS, SPOILERS, so if you have not read the book, don’t read this.
I enjoyed it very much, and the slang was not a problem, it was easily understandable, although I do wonder how much shorter this novel would be without the generous use of the f-word (but not a problem, my favourite spy-series had “bloody” everywhere).
Also quite good that though it is not a first person narrative it reads like one: I think it never loses Frankie’s perspective and I like the kind of narration that flows from this approach.
Love that it is not the conventional crime story where the murderer and his motives are investigated: Frankie in the end only wants to clear Jack and if a witness cleared him saying it was not him who committed the crime, I suppose, Frankie would have left the rest of the investigation to the police, even though he was sufficiently appalled by the way of the murder.
My favourite part is when Frankie is running from the cops and then escaping after he found Star dead. It is already interesting that the police was called by a neighbour, not by Wilson/the Hamiltons, especially because otherwise it completely smells like the same setup of which Jack was a victim, so a good ploy. But I really like that Frankie gets away: we have seen a lots of police dramas where the cops always catch whomever they chase, so it is really nice to see someone to flee successfully and one of my favourite/funniest sentences is when Frankie says that if he gets away he will make his body a f-ing temple (and of course, he drinks a lot of vodka when he makes it home).
Kidnapping poor Baotic looked to me a little like “jumping the shark”, but I like the two observations by Frankie about this: first that he actually enjoys acting like a criminal (scary, but understandable), then when he is captured by Wilson and Hamilton, he does not like looking at Baotic, because now he realizes that he had done the same to him as what was being done to Frankie now, and Baotic must have been equally scared etc. It is quite good to put oneself into other people’s shoes.
For me it is obvious from the first time he mentions it that no tape had been made, and in any case, I don’t think it would be very useful to send a tape to the police where he was beating the witness with a crowbar to make him tell the truth. Dougie yeah, he would find it “useful”, but the police? Frankie would go to jail himself fast. But it is well played with Hamilton, and that is a very good part too: it is obvious that Frankie will survive, so the interesting thing is not whether, but how.
Finally, I kept wondering whether or not he would end up with Sharon and I know it is part of not having a happy ending that he did not, but I was happy about it. First of all, of course it is suggested, or Frankie suggests that he just screwed up, because when Sharon came he was kissing the other woman, but Sharon might have visited him to say good-bye, telling him she would go to Hong Kong, or anything like this. Second, despite Frankie not being a criminal, I can’t imagine that the kind of life he leads and people he knows would be conductive to a good relationship with a policewoman.

Some of my beefs, or loose ends not tied (to quote Columbo).
A small one: Chloe in that fancy brothel gives Frankie her number. Since there is no follow-up, it is a sort of action gratuite, maybe to show that yes, Frankie is a very attractive man, buta little pointless.
It was obvious that Xandra and Slim would have some problems with each other, and it was also obvious that Xandra did not take the money, so there must be another explanation.
However, it is a little strange that Slim thinks Xandra stole £400 (my monthly scholarship in 1995/96 was £600, so it was a lot of money), and then he writes the note and does not open the club: why would he throw good money after bad and since they already lost what was in the till, why top it up with more losses by not opening? Because of it for awhile I thought that the Hamiltons got to them too and forced Slim to write the note and then kidnapped them too.
Finally, the biggest: there is a lot of talk about Snaresby being a strange cop (with such a name no surprise), who must have known Frankie’s parents, Frankie’s father tells Frankie to be careful about him, Snaresby is the one who comes to the club after it is vandalised, he goes to tell Frankie the bad news about the grandmother not exonerating Jack and delivers some lecture too, so the whole thing builds up to some kind of big revelation about Snaresby, but that never comes.
OK, this was literature talk for now.

Double Kiss – a review

Ronnie O’Sullivan will be signing copies of his new book Double Kiss at WHSmith Glasgow tomorrow, Tuesday 12th, December at 6pm.


So I thought this is a good time to write a little review …

Double Kiss is the second book of the “Soho Nights” series, and, although it’s probably possible to read it independently, I would strongly recommend to read  “Framed” first because in Ronnie’s books, like in real life, there are a lot of characters surrounding the main protagonist and many of them are actually introduced, in context, in the first book of the series.

here is what Double Kiss is about:

Frankie James has his hands full.

He’s trying to develop the club he has “inherited” from his father to make it profitable. Part of this plan is to organise a snooker tournament, the Soho Open, that would attract pros as well as amateurs. To achieve that he needs to find promoters and sponsors and he wants to stay in control of it, which means staying away from the gangs running the area. This isn’t easy especially as his younger brother Jack is involved with one gang in particular, the one run by Tommy Riley. Worse, Frankie is indebted to Tommy who helped him clear his brother’s name when he was falsely accused of murder.

Frankie is also convinced that his father, who is imprisoned for armed robbery, didn’t get a fair trial and he is looking for evidence in order to get the case reopened.

If that wasn’t enough, a postcard arrives through the post, from Mallorca, seemingly written by his mother, who suddenly disappeared eight years ago.

And then, Tommy Riley requests Frankie’s help to bring back home his god-daughter, a teenager who has gone off the rails and eloped to Ibiza with her boyfriend. Frankie has no choice but to accept, and decides that, as he is going to the Baleares Islands anyway, he will take the opportunity to do some research about the sender of that postcard whilst fulfilling his mission…

At the heart of the series is Soho, a colourful area of London, and the language the book is written in, is just as colourful and uses a lot of slang. It has its charm and certainly gives the characters an authenticity, but it might be a bit difficult to read for non native English speakers. And it will require a very careful and skilful translation, if it is ever translated, to not betray the spirit of the original. That said, it makes Soho itself a character of the story in its own right and I like it. In that way, it’s a bit similar to the “Inspector Morse” series of books by Colin Dexter, where Oxford is central to both the narration and the atmosphere.

Frankie himself is very similar as a person to the author, Ronnie, and it’s even more obvious in Double Kiss than it was in Framed. He is not Ronnie, but he shares a number of traits with Ronnie, both in his personality and in his life history and cultural heritage.

The book itself is pacy, gritty, entertaining and keeps you guessing. I don’t want to spoil the readers of this blog so that’s all I’ll say. However, as the book finishes, it is clear that the story, and Frankies quests are far from over. When you reach the last pages, it leaves you wanting for more, thinking and trying to figure out where all this will lead Frankie, and you, the reader, along with him, as the plot unfolds in the third book to be published next year.

I liked Framed, and liked Double Kiss even better because of the various sub plots it presents. There is more depth and maturity in this one. And I will certainly read the third instalment of the “Soho Nights” when it comes out.