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Hard Knocks & Soft Spots

My Life as King of the Gypsies

by Paddy Doherty

Category: Biographies / General
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication date: 10 May 2012
Number of pages: 320

Description:
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 traveller, but as a child he felt like an outsider. He was different to 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 travelling 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; 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 humour he is famed for, Paddy's rich and colourful story is one that will stay with you for a long time to come.

Author's Biography:
Born in 1959, Paddy Doherty is an Irish traveller and a former bare-knuckle boxer. He is most well-known for starring in hit Channel 4 show 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 and Paddy & Sally's Excellent Adventure. 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 surviving children and 15 grandchildren.

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