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Watch My Back

Narrated by: Simon Trinder
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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Watch My Back is the story of one man's search for courage. Depressed, bullied, intimidated by life and indoctrinated to believe that this was his lot, Geoff Thompson, on the verge of a breakdown, decided to fight back. In a bid to confront his fears, he took a job as a bouncer in one of Britain's roughest nightclubs. Over the next 10 years, he was involved in hundreds of brutal and bloody fights that left two of his friends murdered and many more in prison. Geoff reached the top of his trade and became addicted to violence. Then it all changed.

After nearly being killed in a gang attack, and almost killing one of his attackers, he was forced to reassess his relationship with violence. After writing down his experiences, Geoff discovered a flair for writing.

This is the story of an ordinary man who faced his fears and took himself from bedsit to best seller but very nearly got killed on the way. Geoff Thompson is now the author of over 30 books, a stage play and a BAFTA-winning short film. This book is now a major motion picture: Clubbed.

©2008 Summersdale Publishers Ltd (P)2008 Summersdale Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Lenny McLean had the braun, Dave Courtney had the charm, but Geoff Thompson is in a class of his own." ( FHM)
"This man is very, very hard. Buy his book if you know what's good for you." ( Maxim)

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My favorite book of all time!

Absolutely love this book, I've read it 3 times. I've also listed to the audiobook version 3 times. amazing story, great insight into what happens to us when we feel fear and how experts deal with it. It's read really well on the audiobook too! The actor suits it to a T. do yourself a favor and give it a listen.

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  • G
  • 25-02-2012

FREAKING AWESOME BOOK - BEST AUDIO BOOK SO FAR

I really am not sure where to start - this book - the story, the reading, everything about it is freaking amazing!

It's a gritty story of a very tough man. It's a story of a scared young boy and later man facing and conquering his fears. It's a story of a man chasing and realizing his dreams. It's a treatise on fear and adrenalin affects on a person. By the end of the book you just want to freaking meet this guy.

Just get the damn book already and listen to it. It really is that good. And the narrator ROCKED! Best read book I have listened to.

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  • Karen
  • 23-10-2016

life altering book

this book is awesome. it will help you to learn how to overcome obstacles, fear and achieve your dreams. this author is the best and has overcome a lot.i looked him up on you tube. he is very enlightened and can help you in many ways.

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  • T. yorke
  • 28-09-2016

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What did you love best about Watch My Back?

It was very well written and both funny and gruesome. I really enjoy when stories are told like this. It's raw and real with a good dose of humor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Geoff himself.

What about Simon Trinder’s performance did you like?

He tells the story like he is Geoff Thompson.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both!!!

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  • Grant Headley
  • 04-08-2016

Understand your fear

No matter what walk of life we are in we all learn from each other. This life story about a working class doorman and martial artist who confronts and understands fear and forgives

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  • Justin
  • 23-01-2015

Well read! Awesome story! Great conclusion!

The narrator was excellent. He voice pulled me along the whole time I could feel the excitement like I was there. Not that this story needed it. It was a f#%^ing great story. Loved the true life inspiration and personal growth. Hit home!

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  • David Doyle
  • 05-01-2012

Book about personal development, life & violence

Would you listen to Watch My Back again? Why?

Yes for a refresher on the life lessons and insight to real life violence.

What did you like best about this story?

The look at real life violence and how it really occurs.

What does Simon Trinder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You just have to love the British accent. Although an British to American dictionary would have been handy a few time :)

Any additional comments?

Great book. I would really recommend it to young males say 16 to 28 years old. One for the life lessons it offers and two for the insights to real life violence. He shows you the steps that confirmations take on in real life. If you know the steps, you can avoid the dance.

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  • Paul
  • 02-10-2019

A great book by a great man

I've read this years ago in paperback and came back for a second visit as it is such a great book. The pages are dripping with life experience and the descriptive writing is second to none. Geoffs witty writing makes it hard to put the book down and despite the content leaves you laughing your head off most paragraphs. Nice one Geoff, keep fighting the good fight. Side note, the narration is also awesome!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2020

great audio

great audio book on on Geoff Thompson,
It gives you the details on on fear and how to approach your own fear...

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  • michael mckenna
  • 06-07-2020

What an amazing guy!

I couldn't put this down the moment it started. A true inspiration and exactly what I was looking for. God works in mysterious ways brothers and sisters

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  • James
  • 03-07-2020

Best book I've ever read (listened to)

Full of amazing stories and inspirational lessons. The narration was also brilliant. most of the audiobooks I've listened to have poor narration by monotone and or cringy American narrators. This actually felt as is Geoff himself was telling the stories. 10/10!

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  • Steve
  • 13-06-2020

Recommended

Essential reading for anybody who trains in MA/self defence or works on the door...
realistic, honest, funny, sometimes thought provoking but definitely an eye opener.

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  • Noel monaghan
  • 29-05-2020

amazing

I couldn't stop listening. I absolutely love it . a must listen. powerful. emotional. self aware

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  • Joe Taylor
  • 05-05-2020

Loved it.

I was a bit unsure before I bought this book, as thought it’d just be to much bouncer type bravado. But I loved it. Geoff Thompson’s journey is fascinating to listen too. The book has got the right mix of fighting stories with a deeper message running through it and the regular references to Geoffs own fear reminds me about working through my own.
The narrator was excellent too. Listened to it whilst exercising mostly and it was a great listen. Thanks Geoff, gave me a lot to think about and it was really inspiring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-2020

Very inspiring best street wise self defence book I ever read!!

As someone who is a Martial-Artist and has been a Doorman working in Security I wish I read this book before I got into the industry.

I related so much to this book I was hooked the moment I picked it up!! Much respect and hats off to Geoff Thompson pouring his heart and soul into this book!! His story is so captivating, practical, entertaining, down to earth, streetwise survival wisdom anyone who works in Security/Police or Martial-Artist should read this book as a MUST!!! To understand the reality of violent confrontations and street fights from real stories.




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  • Owain Thomas
  • 03-03-2020

Violent, very inspirational

I read this book when it first came out it was my dads . He was also an experienced bouncer of over 25 years. At the time of reading o was getting bullied at school not that I couldn’t fight but didn’t want to. This gave me courage to fight my demons and get my life back. Thank you for your story . Years later I’ve just listened to the audio book again thank you. Owain.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-2019

This is so real

I love this book, it is so real, growing up in Coventry and knowing Geoff personally it is amazing to hear his story. What he experienced and what he has achieved is amazing