Paul Kimmage reveals the reason he won't be finishing BOD's book
It's a little strange but there you go...
It was one of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year. One of Ireland's greatest ever sports people was working with one of our greatest sports writers to produce the definitive book of BOD. It was on all our Christmas shopping lists already. But yesterday it was announced by publisher Penguin that Paul Kimmage and Brian O'Driscoll would not be completing the book together, with Alan English, a fine writer in his own right, stepping in to finish off the book.
Immediately speculation started as to why the duo had split after two years of working together and last night, Kimmage revealed why at an event in Dublin. Quotes via the Irish Examiner.
"I was due to meet him (Brian) on Saturday but heard through the grapevine that there was a possibility he was going to give a big interview ahead of the Six Nations weekend opener to a newspaper. I spoke to him and said ‘Brian if you are giving an interview before the weekend it would be a big help to me if you could give it to the Sunday Indo’. Him talking to another paper wasn’t going to compromise the book or the Indo but that wasn’t a concession he was willing to make. I felt he was being unreasonable, He felt I was being unreasonable, so we decided to go our separate ways.”
Kimmage went on to say the spilt caused him a lot of pain and left a 'deep hole in myself'.
Now we know.