My Name Is Ross: An Alcoholic's Journey

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Brutally honest and inspiring, this narrative tells the story of a well-known writer’s life as an alcoholic and his struggle to become—and stay—sober. Beginning with his first drink at the age of 14, this unique account traces the author’s relationship with alcohol, taking readers on a journey from substance abuse and despair to hope and courage. Both heart-wrenching and enlightening, this chronicle is a strong personal story of triumph over substance abuse that will grip ...

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Overview

Brutally honest and inspiring, this narrative tells the story of a well-known writer’s life as an alcoholic and his struggle to become—and stay—sober. Beginning with his first drink at the age of 14, this unique account traces the author’s relationship with alcohol, taking readers on a journey from substance abuse and despair to hope and courage. Both heart-wrenching and enlightening, this chronicle is a strong personal story of triumph over substance abuse that will grip readers from the start. 

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"After a lifetime writing about other people, Fitzgerald turns the spotlight on himself in this his latest, and most important, book. A revelation . . . and an inspiration."  —Nigel Marsh, author, Fat Forty and Fired

"Ross Fitzgerald’s remarkable life journey with and without alcohol and substance abuse is both candid and confronting. And never more relevant to the times in which we live."  —Anne and Gerard Henderson, directors, The Sydney Institute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742231020
  • Publisher: UNSW Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Fitzgerald is a writer, a broadcaster, a historian, and a political commentator. He is the author of 32 books, including The Footy Club, The Greatest Game, and ‘Red Ted’: The Life of E.G. Theodore, which was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize and the National Biography Award. He also writes regular columns for the Australian and the Spectator Australia and reviews for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Weekend Australian.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Life, death, insanity 1

2 Suicide and murder 21

3 Shock 39

4 Damaged and desperate: slowly the poison 53

5 Sydney town 75

6 'Adequacy, not perfection' 7

7 Silver trays 109

8 Raffles, spies and Brissy 114

9 Genesis and birth: opposition and repression 129

10 Spiritual experience and anarchism in practice 146

11 Bears and Lions and Peter Beattie 155

12 Father as hero 159

13 Waste, regret, and into action 167

14 The AA professor 173

15 The switch 184

16 Under the influence 194

17 A power greater than myself 202

18 Do not be discouraged 207

The Serenity Prayer 217

How to contact AA 217

Notes 218

Bibliography 223

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