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First Lines Fridays – 6th May 2022

Hey everyone!

It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays post!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The first lines of today’s chosen book are:

If I were a horse, you could take me to water and ask me, ‘Hey, horsey, do you want to have a drink or do you want to swim?’
I’m not sure if I’d be a slightly Irish horse or wether I’d just whinny in my own East Sussex accent, but I know I’d reply as quick as a wink, ‘I want to go out on Saturday. I want to clippity-clop all the way to the Stoop and I want to say hello to the fans.’

And the book is…

Loose Head by Joe Marler

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GoodReads Synopsis:

The truth about being a rugby player from the horsey’s mouth.

This book is not just about how a psychiatrist called Humphrey helped me get back on my horse and clippity-clop all the way to the World Cup semi-final in Japan.

It’s the story of how a fat kid who had to live up to the nickname Psycho grew up to play and party for over a decade with rugby’s greatest pros and live weird and wonderful moments both in and out of the scrum.

That’s why I’m letting you read my diary on my weirdest days. You never know what you’re going to get with me.

From being locked in a police cell to singing Adele on Jonathan Ross (I’ll let you decide which is worse), being kissed by a murderer on the number 51 bus to drug tests where clipboard-wielding men hover inches away from my naked genitalia, melting opponents in rucks, winning tackles, and generally losing blood, sweat and ears in the name of the great sport of rugby.

This is how (not) to be a rugby player. 

Joe Marler is my favourite rugby player. I listen to his podcast (The Joe Marler Show) on a regular basis, and he’s absolutely hilarious. Any rugby fan will know him as a bit of a joker, but he’s also been through some serious struggles, so I can not wait to read his story! It is bound to be a rollercoaster of emotions.

Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?

Let me know in the comments!

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