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The Wolf You Feed

By: Andrew Webster
Narrated by: James Lugton
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Wayne Bennett is the greatest rugby league coach Australia has ever had. He has won seven premierships and is the greatest man manager the game has known.

He is a living contradiction: a self-professed introvert who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand; an autocrat on a humanitarian mission to make good men of his young charges; a devoted husband (and father of the year) who left his wife after 42 years of marriage. Other coaches decry his tactics then attempt to imitate them. Players are desperate to work with him but are left feeling deceived when he cuts them loose. The media disparages him then lavishes him with praise.

So who is the real Wayne Bennett?

Celebrated sports journalist Andrew Webster has been on a mission to find out. For two years, he has interviewed family, close friends, sworn enemies, colleagues, coaches and players, as well as Bennett himself, and trawled through acres of print and recordings.

Webster shows us a complex, brilliant and difficult man. We come to admire the good wolf of Bennett's nature - the genius who transforms young unformed players into titans of the game. And the bad wolf - the wrangler who plays the dark arts of football politics with obsessive determination.

Expertly written, Webster's account of Bennett is not unlike the man himself: controversial, combative, and impossible to ignore.

©2023 Andrew Webster (P)2023 Macmillan Australia Audio

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'the greatest coach in Australian sports history . . . an extraordinary man' Matthew Johns

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Good story

The bloke reading needed to be taught how to pronounce some of the players names throughout the book properly

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Brilliant

A well researched and written detail of the complex man that is Wayne Bennett. A must listen for any league or sports fan

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great story written about a great man

An insight into a man with the passion for positive change and what that can mean to a young man.

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His conviction

The book was Brilliant. Wayne NbBennett is a genius and his winning record substantiates this

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Storytelling

Some of Andrew’s best work, incredible insights and access, into the life of one of Australia’s most intriguing public figures.

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Seemingly balance and without agenda

Usually with Rugby League writings you can't help but be put off by the hidden agendas. This felt like an honest account.
Webster's done really well here. He should stay off the TV and invest more of his energies into books like this.

As for the reader, he just missed way too many name pronunciations.

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Gripping story loved it

Great book by a great journalist but orator should have have been told how to pronounce some of the names correctly.

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Nothing much new here

An easy to listen to book with a very good narrator but there was nothing much new in here about Wayne Bennett and the affair he had with Dale Cage was only briefly touched on which to me was a topic that was important in Bennetts story after being married for 42 years.

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What a great man

Dedicated unselfish and all his decisions were focused to help others with dealings through life what an amazing giving person Wayne Bennett is.

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Great book very interesting

I highly recommend this book once I started I was hooked if you are a footy fan this is a must listen

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