Hard Knocks & Soft Spots

Hard Knocks & Soft Spots

by Paddy Doherty


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Hard Knocks & Soft Spots by Paddy Doherty

I am proud of who I am and what I am. I teach my children to be proud too. Because being a traveller means everything to me. It's not just a label, it goes much deeper. It's an identity that is burned into my heart.

Paddy Doherty loves his life as an Irish traveler, but as a child he felt like an outsider. He was different from his siblings. On the rare occasions he went to school, he was bullied. And beyond the gates of the camp he found nothing but hostility. Slowly, Paddy's hurt turned into anger and by the age of 11 he had started out on an illustrious career as a bare-knuckle boxer. This earned him a position as one of the most well-respected (and feared) men in the traveling community. Yet while he won countless brutal fights in the ring, the real battles he faced were very much outside. In this deeply honest autobiography, he tells of how he has loved and lost five children, and plummeted to seven stone while battling depression, drink, and drugs. He describes how it feels to be shot point-blank in the head and the lengths he'll go to to protect his people. Told with all the warmth and humor he is famed for, Paddy's rich and colorful story is one that will stay with you for a long time to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780091948436
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paddy Doherty is an Irish traveler and a former bare-knuckle boxer. He is best-known for starring in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. In 2011, he won Celebrity Big Brother and since then he has starred in his own reality TV series When Paddy Met Sally.

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