Oct 21, 2009

Nigel Owens Tells All in Autobiography

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The 26th of October sees the launch of Nigel Owens’ autobiography Half Time. Nigel Owens is one of world rugby’s leading referees and personalities and is the only openly high profile gay personality in British professional sport.

Before reaching the highest echelons of the rugby world, Nigel Owens had to come to terms with the despair that drove him to attempt suicide as he struggled with his sexuality, bulimia and an addiction to steroids. An inspirational story, his autobiography is a brave and honest account of his personal struggle to overcome fear and prejudice to become one of the most respected and well known personalities in international rugby.

Nigel Owens’s warmth and humour shine through his story, which is brimming with anecdotes about matches he has refereed and players he has met along the way: from Gavin Henson’s first match, to on-pitch altercations with Austin Healey, Lawrence, Dallaglio’s intimidation tactics, coping with live televised matches, and needing a police escort from the ground in Auch, France. He was in charge of the recent “bloodgate” incident and adds his thoughts to the debate.

Half Time by Nigel Owens is published by Y Lolfa and is available from www.ylolfa.com and bookshops for £14.95. Nigel Owens will be signing copies of his book in Cardiff on the 7th of November before Wales play the All Blacks. He will be in WH Smith’s from 11 – 12:30 and in Waterstone’s from 1:30 – 2:30.

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