The Boy from Boomerang Crescent | Author: Eddie Betts

Longlisted for the 2023 Indie Book Awards.

It?s a long, hard road from the Nullarbor to the MCG.?How does a self-described ?skinny Aboriginal kid? overcome a legacy of family tragedy to become an AFL legend? One thing?s for sure: it?s not easy. But then, there?s always been something special about Eddie Betts.

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.?When he made the decision to take his talents across the Nullarbor to Melbourne to chase his footballing dreams ? homesickness be damned ? everything changed. Over the ensuing years, Betts became a true giant of the sport: 350-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.

Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic and always honest ? often laceratingly so ??The Boy from Boomerang Crescent?is the inspirational life story of a champion, in his own words. Whether he?s narrating one of his trademark gravity-defying goals from the pocket, the discrimination he?s faced as an Aboriginal person or the birth of his first child, Betts?s voice ? intelligent, soulful, unpretentious ? rings through on every page.?The very human story behind the plaudits is one that will surprise, move and inspire.

23.4 x 15.3cm
304 pages

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