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Publisher's Summary

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 normalized. 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—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

Along the way, he battled his demons 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.

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 in every minute.

The very human story behind the plaudits is one that will surprise, move and inspire.

Cover image © Kristina Wild  

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

©2021 Eddie Betts (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Australia

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Dale Kerrigan narrates

I love Eddy Betts and the content would have been a better read for the narrator sounds exactly like Dale Kerrigan from The Castle. I’m actually not joking, his tone, timing and delivery of the story is identical to Stephen Curry playing Dale Kerrigan.
It’s distracting from Eddie’s story but what I have learned is that not all books make great audio books.

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I loved this from the moment I started it. Eddie brought us into his heart with this great book. thanks Eddie

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Outstanding!

A must read for football fans and non footy folk alike. Eddie doesn’t sugar coat his background. Tells it as he sees it, and is every bit the amazing human I already believed him to be. I absolutely loved this!
Great reading by Luke Carroll too

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Bloody brilliant

A simply amazing story. Family is number one in Eddies world. Football has been good to eddy, but eddy has given football and it’s followers so very much more. A good man and a great roll model for up and coming young people.

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Loved it.

Love Eddie's spirit and energy not only around footy, but for his mob and his desire to open our hearts and eyes to understand aboriginal culture and the obstacles they have to deal with in Australian wider culture. Well done Eddy and keep going.
Can't wait to see if your kids end up in the AFL

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An important story

This book made me laugh, and cry. As a Carlton member I have always had an admiration of Eddie and I appreciate him sharing his story with us all.

Parts of his book have come as news to everyone and I saddened to realise that it has taken so long for him to feel safe, to reveal those truths to the public.

This book illustrates just how far white/colonial Australia still has to go, to bridge the gap between them and Indigenous Australians.

I truly envy the connection and community that indigenous people have; they seem to understand what's important in life.

Thank you for continuing to educate us Eddie, even when that means using up your time and emotional energy. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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Amazing Human - great listen

Eddie Betts is an Australian treasure - honest , determined and down to earth . All the best to him for whatever the future hold - only the best deserved

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A story that's as inspiring and riveting as it gets!

This is an exceptionally inspiring and riveting story of an athlete and his entire family which gives rare insights about his career and his cultural values. One of the most honest and empathetic autobiographies I've ever read. Highly recommended!

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