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Behind the Mask: My Autobiography by Tyson Fury

Behind the Mask: My Autobiography

Tyson Fury

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2 reviews

Imprint: Century
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 14 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781529124866

'Tyson Fury is an amazing real-life champion' SYLVESTER STALLONEThe extraordinary story of the rise and fall and rise again of Tyson Fury...________________________________ THE GYPSY KING.

3 stars out of 5
17 Nov 2019

"The 6ft 9in boxing volcano Tyson Fury wants us to see his sensitive side in this dramatic life story."

Whoever wrote Tyson Fury’s memoir — we can be sure it was not Fury himself, although no writer or editor is acknowledged — has made a competent and thorough job of it. It is an unusual, heartening story, nicely told.

But therein lies a problem. If Fury was just another celebrity sportsman with a troubled back story as well as a raft of achievements, all would be well. But he is a most extraordinary, complex, contradictory personality and athlete. Indeed, in the long roll of world-heavyweight champions, there are just three true originals, touched by genius, three who refused to compromise and suffered as outcasts: Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali and Fury.

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2 stars out of 5
16 Nov 2019

"The memoirs of the boxing champion lack the punch you’d expect"

How disappointing, then, that Behind the Mask should fail to pack the punch of its larger-than-life subject. That might sound strange to say of a memoir that opens with Fury driving a new red Ferrari at 160mph with the intention of flying off a bridge and killing himself, but, as Decca Aitkenhead wrote after interviewing him for The Sunday Times, there is a huge difference between candour and authenticity. “I’m not even sure Fury would know the truth if it hit him in the face,” she noted, and the observation makes sense reading this partial autobiography.