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Hard Knocks & Soft Spots

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As the star of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and winner of Celebrity Big Brother, traveller Paddy Doherty won the hearts of a nation. But before his rise to fame, this well-loved character had already lived a rich and colourful life.

Born into a generation of travellers, as a young man Paddy carved a career as a champion bare-knuckle fighter, earning himself a legendary reputation within the tight-knit community. But underneath this hard man exterior ...

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Overview

As the star of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and winner of Celebrity Big Brother, traveller Paddy Doherty won the hearts of a nation. But before his rise to fame, this well-loved character had already lived a rich and colourful life.

Born into a generation of travellers, as a young man Paddy carved a career as a champion bare-knuckle fighter, earning himself a legendary reputation within the tight-knit community. But underneath this hard man exterior was a soft centre that bagged him the ultimate prize — the love of a good woman.

Together he and his wife Roseanne, living closely by the traditions of their community, became a mother and father figure to not only their own 10 children, but to a whole camp of travellers in Manchester.

Yet among the warmth and fun of traveller life there's been heartache too. Having endured the deaths of five of his children and being shot point blank in the head by a rival, Paddy is no stranger to pain in more ways than one.

Hard Knocks & Soft Spots is the story of how one man emerged from the most secretive and persecuted of societies to be unexpectedly accepted by a whole country. From King of the Gypsies to People's Champion, Paddy and his extraordinary tale are like no other.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780091948436
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1959, PADDY DOHERTY is an Irish Traveller and a former bare-knuckle boxer. He found fame after starring in hit Channel 4 show Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. In 2011, he won Celebrity Big Brother and since then he has starred in his own reality TV series When Paddy Met Sally with Sally Bercow. He has been married to his wife Roseanne for over 34 years. The couple now live in a chalet in North Wales and have five children and 15 grandchildren.

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