Phil Brown’s review of Ross Fitzgerald’s FIFTY YEARS SOBER
20 March 2020
Here is the text of Phil Brown’s review, which accompanies a photo of the books’ front cover.
FIFTY YEARS SOBER : AN ALCOHOLIC’S JOURNEY
By Ross Fitzgerald
Hybrid Publishers:Melbourne , $27.50
by Phil Brown.
First a disclaimer: the author is a friend of mine and I get a mention in the book.
Now that’s out of the way I want to recommend this updated version of Ross Fitzgerald’s entertaining and sobering (pardon the pun) memoir.
It’s a cautionary and edifying tale of a life lived sober, mostly.
The author’s battle with alcoholism and his long sobriety thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous is interesting on a number of levels.
With alcoholism one of our major public health issues it’s an important book that may shine a light for those still suffering and their families.
Fitzgerald now lives in Sydney but spent much of his early sobriety and most of his academic career at Griffith University in Queensland.
He is still Emeritus Professor of History & Politics at that university. So his memoir is at times a very Queensland story.
My favourite bits involve him being mistaken for the esteemed former ambassador to China, Stephen FitzGerald on a couple of occasions.
This led to hotel room upgrades as well as confusion.
On a more poignant note, the book is dedicated to the author’s late wife Lyndal Moor Fitzgerald who was also a respected academic in their years living in Brisbane.
Arts Editor – The Courier-Mail
Q Magazine, The Courier-Mail, 21 March 2020
Ross Fitzgerald’s FIFTY YEARS SOBER : AN ALCOHOLIC’S JOURNEY (Hybrid Publishers: Melbourne, $27.50) is available as a paperback and an e-book from Hybrid, and from the distributor, New Holland.