My Name'5 DODDIE
“You will laugh, and you will cry.”
The extraordinary, life-affirming autobiography of rugby legend DODDIE WEIR
There has never been anyone quite like Doddie Weir. A giant of the game and a rugby icon, his story is unique, inspirational and charged with a passion for living life to the full. And now, in an autobiography as truthful and immensely entertaining as its author, Doddie tells of a career – and its aftermath – which has seen him emerge as one of the most widely admired men of his generation.
As a player, Doddie’s irresistible talent took him to the heart of every team he graced – from Stewart’s Melville to Melrose, Newcastle Falcons to Borders, from Scotland to the British & Irish Lions – winning 61 caps over a decade of appearances for his national side. Driven by his sportsmanship, sense of humour and boundless energy, he relished each and every challenge and set stadiums alight when on the charge “like a mad giraffe”.
Then in November 2017, in a moment of incredible poignancy, 67,000 fans at Murrayfield stood in unison for their hero as Doddie came out onto the pitch flanked by his three teenage sons. For now, at the age of 48, Doddie faces an entirely different adversary: Motor Neurone Disease.
It’s a challenge he has tackled full on and with undaunted positivity. In his tireless campaigning to raise funds for MND research, Doddie has transcended the world of sport to reach a whole new audience. And, since his diagnosis went public, the outpouring of emotion and respect from all over the world has been unprecedented.
MY NAME’5 DODDIE is a humbling, courageous and very funny celebration of a remarkable life being lived to the max. An absolute must-read – rugby fan or not.
Published: 25th October 2018
Format: Hardback 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 304 pages
Doddie Weir is a former Scotland rugby union player and Lion. A giant of the game and a rugby icon, his story is unique, inspirational and charged with a passion for living life to the full. In a rugby career which had huge highs and shocking lows, Doddie faced some of the greatest players in the game, from Jonny Wilkinson to Jonah Lomu, Brian O'Driscoll to Scott Quinnell and Martin Johnson to Joost van der Westhuizen, and set stadiums alight when "on the charge like a mad giraffe".
In 2017 as part of Global MND Awareness Day, Doddie announced he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Never to shy away from a challenge, on or off the pitch, he has faced up to MND with undaunted positivity, using his boundless energy to raise funds for MND research and support, with more than £1million already raised and committed in the first year.
Co-author Stewart Weir is a former sports reporter at the Evening Times, chief sportswriter at the Scottish Mirror, and Head of Sport at the Herald & Times Group. He was also deputy editor for official publications at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Stewart has also worked extensively in PR, for governing bodies, and, individual clients such as Sir Chris Hoy, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O Sullivan. He is also a regular on talkSPORT.
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