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  • A Father's Son

  • Family, Football and Forgiveness
  • By: Mat Rogers
  • Narrated by: Mat Rogers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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By: Mat Rogers
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'A book about humanity as much as sport. It’s like sitting at the kitchen table with your best mate and he’s pouring his heart out–about his life, his loss, his triumphs and his faults … and the love that got him through. Honest, generous, and most of all, courageous.' Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief

Mat Rogers is an Aussie footy legend and TV star who has triumphed over hardship, loss and heartache. He is finally ready to share his powerful life story.

He is one of the most talented footballers of the modern era and a dual international in rugby league and rugby union. But for a long time, Mat Rogers lived in both the shadow and the thrall of his famous father, and their complex relationship shaped him in ways he couldn’t fathom. Craving paternal acceptance while determined to carve out his own identity and, later, to avoid repeating the sins of the father, he veered between periods of jubilation and depression, fulfillment and despair. Now, in his majestic, evocative autobiography, Rogers tells the story of a life framed by triumph and tragedy, a life in which, ultimately, he finds purpose and contentment in a harsh world.

With its cracking pace and unvarnished frankness, A Father’s Son will be widely heard and difficult to forget. Though by and about a celebrated footballer, it is so much more than another athlete’s memoirs. In spare, vivid prose, Rogers reveals how his teenage years were marked by periods of rebellion and self-destructive behavior. Then, at age 20, he became a father to son Jack before he had finished his own journey into adulthood. By 22, he was married to first wife Michelle with another child, daughter Skyla, following shortly after. As well as discussing the experience of having a family while still a young man, Rogers also recounts the challenges that have defined his life off the sports field—the impact of losing both his parents in tragic circumstances and the experimental neck surgery he underwent in 2007, ending years of debilitating pain. 

Rogers’ story is one of a man who rises to the difficulties life sends his way. The discovery that his son Max is autistic prompted him and second wife Chloe to co-found charity 4 ASD Kids—and he talks passionately about the work he has done to raise awareness of a subject so close to home. That fighting spirit introduced Rogers to an even greater number of Australians who watched the sporting legend thrive on Australian Survivor. Across two memorable appearances on the reality TV series, he impressed viewers with his ability to combine his competitive spirit with his desire to play with heart. That duality, which defines Rogers' life, shines through in A Father’s Son.

'I couldn’t put this down. Mat shares his story with so much honesty and openness. I was overcome with emotion and such deep respect for Mat and the person, father and role model that he is.' Sally Obermeder, author and presenter 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Mat Rogers (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Australia

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Brutally honest

A great story, well narrated and brutally honest account of personal and sporting life. Thanks Mat.

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What a story!

Wow! A fantastic insight into the life of an elite sportsman.
What Matt had to endure to live out his passion to play football both league and football were tremendous and the injuries were intense.
What a well constructed retelling of a life well lived (to this point). Many thanks for sharing.

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An inspiring story from a great man

Mat tells his story with such passion and insight into what it takes to not only be the top of both rugby codes but to navigate a life of many setbacks and tragedies. Well worth the listen.

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Insightful and transparent

Everyone has a story and behind the sports star is a human who achieved so much and experienced life’s ups and downs. It was fascinating getting to know the Matt Rogers behind the headlines, the struggles, the victories and the passion - I loved it!

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Powerful Story

What a great story, so real, raw and honest I loved every minute of it was disappointed it had to end,
Thankyou Matt I can relate to some of your struggles cheers for honesty

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An amazing biography

A well written book and spoken with honesty and emotion by Matt Rogers, great read

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Great journey

Loved it and can't wait to see what else life has installed for Mat and his family. life is full of ups and downs. Mats life makrsvfor one heck of a journey with so much more to add. Once I started I count stop listening.

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Easy to finish and engaging. Second autobiography I've read of Matt's. Touching, relatable, honest. Favourite player since I was a 5, will never change :).

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A good and honest story.

Great read, Matt had had a varied life and owned his choices, he worked hard to get where he was. the book was honest and heartfelt.

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Fantastic

This was a great listen, loved every minute!

Thanks for voicing it Matty, made it so much more special.

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