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Paul O'Connell will have an autobiography out for Christmas

Alan English is working with former Ireland star.

Old friends: John Hayes will be checking the index.
Old friends: John Hayes will be checking the index.
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IT MAY NOT have the final chapter he’d envisaged, but Paul O’Connell will have an autobiography out for this year’s Christmas market.

The Ireland and Munster icon had planned to finish his career with a lucrative stint with Toulon.

But O’Connell today announced that injury has forced him to call time on his glittering career.

Penguin Ireland have been quick to announce that O’Connell’s autobiography will be released in October 2016. It will be written with Limerick Leader editor Alan English, who helped Brian O’Driscoll with his book.

“In an autobiography as intense and thoughtful as its author, O’Connell will explore the forces and struggles that turned him into the player and leader that he became,” a statement from the publisher reads. “This is a book for everyone who wants to understand the roots of achievement and the inner world of an elite sportsman.”

Michael McLoughlin, MD, Penguin Ireland added: “It is a privilege to publish Paul O’Connell’s autobiography. He was a fantastic sporting ambassador for Ireland both on and off the pitch. Together with Alan English, he has applied his legendary professionalism to the creation of what will be the must-read book for 2016.”

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