And a Bang on the Ear

And a Bang on the Ear

Reclaiming My Life After a Brain Injury

Written by Phil Quinlan, With Steve O'Rourke, Foreword by Paul Howard

Part investigative tale, part time capsule, And a Bang on the Ear sees Philip painstakingly piece together the events that led up to, and followed, the accidental clash of heads that left him in a coma before waking up to 30 years of pain and paralysis.

Full of hope and humour, rage and rehabilitation, this is an autobiography unlike any other.

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Published: March
Paperback: 208 pages
Size:226x155 mm
ISBN: 9781788493222

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Philip Quinlan was a promising 15-year-old athlete who packed his bags one Sunday morning in November 1989 to play a game of football. A day later, his mother was told he had a 25% chance to live. Part investigative tale, part time capsule, And a Bang on the Ear sees Philip painstakingly piece together the events that led up to, and followed, the accidental clash of heads that left him in a coma before waking up to 30 years of pain and paralysis.

Full of hope and humour, rage and rehabilitation, this is an autobiography unlike any other.

Phil Quinlan

Phil Quinlan played every sport on TV and represented his county in cross-country twice, but his life was suddenly and irreparably changed by a clash of heads playing football. Having defied the 25% chance of living odds, living with a disability, travelling the globe, finding love, Phil hopes his story is an inspirational one. Through all the hurt, rage and rehabilitation, trials and tribulations, he's living the dream now…

Steve O'Rourke is a writer and former journalist. With bylines in Hot Press, The42, and ESPN, he has interviewed musicians, politicians, and Olympians. Once Ireland's only full-time NFL journalist, he has always believed that sport produces the best human-interest stories and dedicated his career to bringing those stories to life. He currently lives in Dublin with his wife and two children, and works in advertising.

Paul Howard

Paul Howard helps Ross O'Carroll-Kelly to write his autobiographical series, largely because Ross can't really write, roysh? Find out more at rossocarrollkelly.com.

He is also the author of the bestselling prison expose, The Joy, and co-author of Celtic Warrior, the autobiography of boxer Steve Collins.

A former Sports Journalist of the Year, Paul covered the World Cup in Japan and Korea in 2002, and the rugby World Cup in Australia in 2003. His account of the Irish soccer squad and the notorious drama in Saipan, The Gaffers: Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and the Team they Built, was a bestseller.

Paul has also written several massively popular plays and has won the popular fiction prize at the Irish Book Awards three times for books in the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series.

heartbreaking and heart-warming. It’s devastatingly honest and at the same time entertaining and engaging, a tale worth reading

Marie Crowe, RTE Sport

a must read and such a powerful book. Phil’s own personal story shines a much needed light on brain injury in sport and how one’s life can change forever in one moment, one second

Chris Sutton, BBC Sport & retired football player and manager

Also by Paul Howard:

Hostage
The Joy
Ross O'Carroll-Kelly: The Teenage Dirtbag Years
Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, PS, I scored the bridesmaids
Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, The Miseducation Years

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