Watch My Back is the story of one man's search for courage. Depressed, bullied, intimidated by life and indoctrinated to believe that this was his lot, Geoff Thompson, on the verge of a breakdown, decided to fight back. In a bid to confront his fears, he took a job as a bouncer in one of Britain's roughest nightclubs. Over the next 10 years, he was involved in hundreds of brutal and bloody fights that left two of his friends murdered and many more in prison. Geoff reached the top of his trade and became addicted to violence. Then it all changed. After nearly being killed in a gang attack, and almost killing one of his attackers, he was forced to reassess his relationship with violence. After writing down his experiences, Geoff discovered a flair for writing.This is the story of an ordinary man who faced his fears and took himself from bedsit to best seller but very nearly got killed on the way. Geoff Thompson is now the author of over 30 books, a stage play and a BAFTA-winning short film. This book is now a major motion picture: Clubbed.More
"Lenny McLean had the braun, Dave Courtney had the charm, but Geoff Thompson is in a class of his own." (FHM)
"This man is very, very hard. Buy his book if you know what's good for you." (Maxim)
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The thinking man's hard man
Its honest. The author isn't just a hard man, there's a bit more to him than that. Like most other hard man books, it becomes a bit repetitive ('blah blah blah, so I knocked him out') but he does drop bits in that make him more likeable.
The majority of other hard man books, but with a bit karate in too.
The earlier chapters were almost inspiring when he explains facing up to his fears.
Made me laugh out loud quite a few times. Also made me shake my head in frustration a few times. Some of the 'humour' is scraping the bottom of the barrel. He seems above that kind of 'lad banter' crap earlier in the book. The flip side of that is of course, he is being himself, keeping it honest which is a good quality. I suppose each reader can interpret it their own way.