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Bobby George BOBBY DAZZLER MY STORY First Edition Signed

First edition, first print hardback published by Orion Publishing Group Ltd in 2006. Signed by Bobby George on the title page. With full numberline 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
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First edition, first print hardback of BOBBY DAZZLER MY STORY, by Bobby George with Lance Hardy and published by Orion Publishing Group Ltd., London in 2006. With full numberline 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on the copyright page. Signed by Bobby George on the title page.

The book is in good condition (Clean black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine) with some light wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (rubbing to the top half of the rear spine ridge and chipping to the bottom front corner of the spine, but nothing very serious). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions. There is minor tanning to the pages and a couple of indentations to the outer back board, one of them a couple of inches long.

Bobby George was born in Manor Park, east London, in December 1945. He was thirty before he threw his first dart. Months later he won the first serious competition he entered: the 1976 Essex Masters. He won the News of the World tournament in 1979 and famously competed for the 1980 Embassy World Championship title with Eric Bristow. After winning the News of the World title for a second time in 1986 he retired to become the game's first ever full-time exhibition player. He is now a respected darts pundit for the BBC, as well as guv'nor for his self-built, eighteen bedroom mansion, George Hall, in Essex where he lives with his wife, Marie.

Lance Hardy is the series editor of Final Score on BBC 1 and Score on BBCi. He began his career as a newspaper journalist before joining BBC Sport in 1990. He has since worked at three World Cups and two Olympic Games.

Lance first met Bobby in 1996 at the World Championship qualifiers at Earl's Court. They have been good friends ever since.

BOBBY DAZZLER: My Story was published to coincide with the 2007 BDO World Professional Darts Championships from 6th-14th January in Frimley Green.

"After a tough childhood, helping his imposing dad in the garden, looking after his pigeons, Bobby George left school barely able to read or write. A life in the building trade - digging the Victoria Line and laying granite floors - or minding Essex pub doors in the post-Krays era seemed to beckon.

That is until, after a day's fishing off southern Ireland in the summer of 1976, a game of pub darts got off the ground. By the end of the night Bobby had taken on and beaten the whole pub. He was a natural. He has never really looked back: three years later he won the News of the World Championship.

Bobby George burst on to the darts scene just as the popularity of the game went through the roof and it began its golden era. Slimmer and better-looking than most darts players, Bobby, with his glittery shirts and flashy jewellery, brought showbiz to darts. Here he relives the gripping tension of the News of the World and Embassy finals. He looks back over the ups and downs of life with characters such as Eric Bristow, Jocky Wilson, John 'Stoneface' Lowe and Keith Deller; and also the agony of the 1994 Embassy final, which he played in a steel corset after breaking his back.

From rags to bling, from the world of Essex pubs in the 1970s to behind the scenes with the BBC at Frimley Green; from films and videos to Celebrity Fit Club, BOBBY DAZZLER: My Story is the vividly entertaining tale of one of the country's best loved and most charismatic showmen."

280 pages. Illustrated with black & white and colour photographs.

ISBN: 0 75288 555 3


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