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Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All

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Brian Moore, or 'Pitbull' as he came to be known during nearly a decade at the heart of the England rugby team's pack, established himself as one of the game's original hard men at a time when rugby was still an amateur sport. Since his retirement, he has earned a reputation as an equally uncompromising commen
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Simon Schuster UK (first published 2010)
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Jo Woolfardis
I didn't start watching Rugby until the early 00's and only know Brian Moore through passing reference and, mostly, through his commentary on BBC where he became an instant favourite of my because he is outspoken and not afraid of the repercussions when he speaks his mind, and, often, the truth.

This is not a book about his life per sé, but a collection of his memories of playing rugby and a stark confession of his childhood abuse, two things which seem to be so unconnected when you consider the
Pete daPixie
Jul 25, 2016 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rugby-union, memoir
I am reminded of the adage, 'don't judge a book by its cover'. 'Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All' (2010) displays the rather frightening visage of Brian Moore. Certainly not a face that anyone would wish to be confronted with in a bar-room contretemps, or a road rage incident!
Yet, this memoir from the ex-England international hooker casts the stereotypes in the bin. Here is a one time litigation lawyer, a connoisseur of fine wines, a lover of Opera and reader of Shakespeare and a
Sid Nuncius
Apr 03, 2016 Sid Nuncius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this a very good book - far better than the usual blandly ghosted sporting autobiographies. It won the 2010 Sports Book Of The Year Award, and deservedly so, in my view.

Two things make it stand out: the first is the writing itself. Moore has a slightly odd prose style which is influenced by his the legal training, and this gives it a quirky, almost clumsy feel at times. I really liked this because it is so obviously Moore himself talking to you, and really brings his sincere, sometimes
russell barnes
Sep 19, 2012 russell barnes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to russell by: My mum, sadly...
Brian Moore is a bit of a Marmite figure. Being a Welsh fan he's definitely one of my bete noirs over the years as one of the all-conquering English pack of the '90s, but he's also one-half of my favourite commentating duos alongside Saint Eddie of Butler, a staunch supporter of the good bits of rugby the Aussies keep trying to get rid of, and a member of my favourite ever team - the '89 Lions. Conflicted or what?

What I didn't realise until I finished this, his second book, is what a great write
Nick C
Dec 14, 2012 Nick C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decided to read this after listening to Brian's Desert Island Discs and finding him an interesting, complex and erudite character. This book did not disappoint. Very much enjoyed a) the read, and b) getting to know the man himself. He's obviously lead a charmed life (if you discount the sexual abuse and two divorces). Even found myself having dialogues with him in my head.

Raised an interesting question as to what I would do if I ever met him - I'm now a bit of an expert on him and know far more
An enjoyable read from cover to cover. An honest and well thought out literary window into, The Life Of Brian. A refined read, that never felt padded.

Moore seems to feel compelled to use this book as some form of therapy. No bad thing, when that person has lived the life he has. I came away from it feeling that I needed to forgive him somehow.

Not your average sports autobiography and for that reason it's well worth reading if you've seen Brian in action.

You will probably come away from it,
Feb 15, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the William Hill Sportsbook of the Year, and it's easy to see why. It's well-written, brave (containing Brian Moore's revelation about being abused as a child) and fascinating. Personally, I've never played rugby but I enjoy watching it and like Moore's robust co-commentating a lot. He comes across in the book as a complicated and exacting person, but certainly decent (off the field), honest and intelligent. And for those who ever played against him, you have to feel sorry, for this is ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, sport
What clearly shines through in this biog is Moore's incredible drive to succeed. There are many reasons for this "pathological" (his word) level of commitment, which are detailed in his book. Add to this his strong views on the RFU, the game, the move from amateur to professional as wel as his thoughts on some of the key games during his career (including Grand Slam deciders and World Cups) and you get a fascinating sports biog. You don't have to be a keen rugby fan, though some familiarity with ...more
Brian Moore is not most peoples cup of tea, but reading this Autobiograpahy (as opposed to his previously released authorised Biography) really gives you an insight into what makes the man tick!

As a Wasp i also now realise how close he came to playing for us, but luckily he chose Twickenham ;-)

If you love Rugby this is a must read, although there will be nothing not already known on the rugby Stories front, if not then why bother?!!!!
Derek Mcknight
Dec 05, 2014 Derek Mcknight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, sport
A good, honest book. Refreshingly so although a little melancholy and self indulgent in parts. I did feel afterward though that both I knew Mr Moore a little better and that I had misjudged him all these years. Never my favourite player or commentator I do think that actually he would be an interesting guy to share a pint with now. Well that will teach me to pre-judge! Would recommend if you are a rugby fan
Apr 27, 2014 Julian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and revealing insight into the psyche of Brian Moore. He was always a favorite of mine during the glory years at the end of the amateur era. It explains the difficulties of having reached the pinnacle of your chosen sport/ career and how to "come down" from this and reintegrate into a more normal life. Brian's eloquence distinguishes this from many poorly written autobiographies. Very good.
This book perfectly illustrates my disinterest associated with autobiographies, some of the anecdotes are interesting but others are mundane. I sometimes struggled to continue in the slow, dull passages. The book was recommended to me but the general style isn't to my preference, Moore is undoubtedly one of the most colourful characters to grace the England jersey but it only made the book mildly interesting. It proves once again that I don't really like reading biographies or autobiographies.
Jan 08, 2014 Pippa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not really a rugby fan but read this book on recommendation. Really good read, whether you are a rugby fan or not. Very well written. I found the chapters about Brian's post rugby career to be the most interesting. Very candid throughout and shows the focus and determination required for athletes to reach the peak of their sports.
A pretty good read. For the majority of the book Moore is interesting if hard to warm to (reasons for which are explained in the book). Although he tackles some major issues it only feels like he properly opens up emotionally in the last couple of chapters.
Mat Davies
Feb 12, 2012 Mat Davies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant uncompromising autobiography. Moore's unflinching honesty is at parts disarming, refreshing and brutally candid. I used to dislike him intensely on the pitch but his book reveals a complex, conflicted personality that I ended up warming to
Jan 04, 2012 Digitalshade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Although he annoys the hell out of me when he's commentating I've always a small begrudging respect for his honest views. After reading this that respect has grown as he reveals the events that shaped his life and personality. A very good read.
David Highton
very interesting book, more about the person than the rugby - almost painful in its openness
Jem Wilton
Dec 14, 2012 Jem Wilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Rugby book...Moore's upbringing explained his attitude on the pitch... not sure if he's got it together even now...
Sean Beckett
Apr 11, 2013 Sean Beckett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly written and painfully honest. Worth a read whether you play or are into rugby or not.
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