Hard Knocks & Soft Spots
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'I fight hard and love strong. I'm a traveller.'
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 for being a gypsy boy. 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 in bare-knuckle fighting. This earned him a position as one of the most well-respected (and feared) men in the travelling community. Yet while he won countless contests 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, as well as life since My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and Big Brother.
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.
A good read
An interesting read that provides an insight into travelling communities; a world many of us 'country folk' will never understand. He is a great ambassador for his community, perhaps a bit biased but you would expect this of a man who is proud of his culture. I am glad he is settled, and hope he and his family can live in peace and use his experiences to build relations between travellers, country folk and authorities.
A very very interesting story which in places reduced me to tears especially when he was a little boy at school...I was riveted to the book and I am ashamed to be a country person that could treat your people the way you have been treated,personally where I live have got to know many of the travellers and have got to like them they are human beings....Paddys personal tragedy I can share I also lost my oldest son Ido hope there is a follow up book I certainly would buy it and keep "The Big Fat Gypsy Weddings" coming we love them.Thank You Paddy for allowing us into your life xxxx
Loved this book,Paddy is truly an ambassador for all walks of life.