Between 1999, when he made his international debut, and his retirement in 2014, there was no greater player in world rugby than Brian O'Driscoll.
Along the way, he was tested - by personal loss, off-the-field pressures, career-threatening injuries. The Test is a book about how he took on those challenges - how a world-class talent developed a world-class work ethic and temperament - and, in the latter stages of his career, reinvented himself as a player. It is packed with vivid insights into his own game, and into his coaches and teammates with Ireland, Leinster and the Lions. At the same time, it is the story of a complicated human being forging his own identity in the public eye.
Honest, gritty and thoughtful, The Test is not just an essential sports book. It is an essential book about family, friends, hard work, courage and imagination.
'O'Driscoll's honesty . . . takes the reader to a place they simply have not been before.' Irish Independent
'A must-read insight into the life and mind of Ireland's greatest rugby player.' Irish Mail on Sunday
'The Test allows the reader to get to know O'Driscoll the person, the husband, the father and the friend.' Rugby World
'A thoroughly enjoyable read . . . After reading The Test I warmed even more to O'Driscoll as a player and a man. He stood for a new ethos in Irish sport that refused to accept mediocrity or glorious failure.' Irish Times
'There are fascinating insights into the lengths he was willing to go to perform at the highest level.' Sunday Business Post
Winner, Bord Gáis Energy Irish Sports Book of the Year
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 06 / 2015