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The biography of an iconic Irishman from one of Ireland’s best-loved journalists


18-09-2015 11:45

In The Maximalist Matt Cooper paints the definitive picture of one of Ireland’s most remarkable public figures. Tony O’Reilly’s life and career have been extraordinary. It is a life full of many great achievements but also many faults and disappointments.

 

Here we are reminded just what a charismatic and accomplished figure O’Reilly was, achieving what no other Irish man before him had achieved on the world stage.

 

He was a man who wanted to be the best and to give the best to what mattered to him. But he had one great weakness: whatever he had, whether in reduced circumstances or at the best of times, and no matter at what age, it was never enough. In that frenzy of seeking, he found that it was quite possible to want too much and in late 2014 everything unravelled spectacularly. Such were the consequences of those elements of his personality that made him ‘The Maximalist’. He lost almost everything in the most undignified of circumstances. This is the fascinating story of how and why.

 

The Maximalist is in shops now and available online, priced at €24.99.

For further information please contact Teresa Daly, Communications Manager, Gill Books, 01 500 9521, 086 838 3559, tdaly@gill.ie.



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