This is a compelling book for anyone suffering from alcoholism, seeking to understand it, or wanting to warn loved ones and friends of its affects. Brutally honest and inspiring, it tells the life story of one of Australia's well-known writers 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, his chronicle is a strong personal story of triumph over substance abuse that will grip readers from the start. Ross Fitzgerald is one of Australia's most prolific authors, to-date publishing 35 books. They include novels, histories, biographies and poetry.