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By Eric Bristow

ERIC BRISTOW MBE is taken into account to be the best darts participant of all time. He was once an unmistakable determine at the oche in the course of his Eighties heyday, and have become popular not only for the variety of international titles he received yet for his vanity on level and rancid it.

In this candid account Bristow unearths how darts proved a salvation from his formative years as a cat burglar, shoplifter and thug, introducing him to a brand new international of beer, babes and undreamed of good fortune. And in his quick upward thrust to the head he offers attention-grabbing insights into the characters that pioneered darts in these early days and the way, whilst his personal profession started to slide on the finish of the last decade, he expert his protégé Phil 'The strength' Taylor, turning him into the main profitable participant darts has ever known.

Bristow holds not anything again as he finds his conflict with dartitis, a mental which left him not able to permit pass of the dart and nearly destroyed his profession; his dating with female friend and previous women's global darts champion Maureen plants; and his occasional all-too-public falls from grace.

Bristow's existence tale is a thrill-a-minute journey throughout the raucous international of darts and the way it has helped to form and force his existence during the last 40 years.

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