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Main Title: The boy from Boomerang Crescent / Eddie Betts ; research & interviews, Ali Clarke ; cultural edit, Jack Latimore. Book Cover
Author: Betts, Eddie
Clarke, Ali, interviewer.
Latimore, Jack, editor.
Imprint: Cammeray, NSW : Simon & Schuster, 2022.
Collation: 289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, colour portraits, hardback ; 23 cm.
Subject: Betts, Eddie
Australian Rules Football (AFL)
Australian Football League (AFL) players
First Nations Australians
ABIA nominations
Indie Book Awards nominations
First Nations Australians - - Biography
ISBN: 9781761102394
Eddie Betts grew up in Port Lincoln and Kalgoorlie, in environments where the destructive legacies of colonialism - racism, police targeting of Aboriginal people, drug and alcohol misuse, family violence - were sadly normalised. His childhood was defined by family closeness as well as family strife, plus a wonderful freedom that he and his cousins exploited to the full - for better and for worse. When he made the decision to take his talents across the Nullarbor to Melbourne to chase his footballing dreams everything changed. Over the ensuing years, Betts became a true giant of the sport: 300-plus games, 600-plus goals, multiple All-Australian nods and Goal of the Year awards, and a league-wide popularity rarely seen in the hyper-tribal AFL. Along the way, he battled various demons - gambling, alcohol, the paparazzi - before his turbulent youth settled into responsible maturity. Today, the man the Melbourne tabloids once dubbed 'bad boy Betts' is a dedicated husband and father, a respected community leader and an increasingly outspoken social activist.

Indie Book Awards Longlist 2023

ABIA Shortlist 2023
ABIA Winner Social Impact 2023
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 796.336 BET Available