Strong, positive review of ‘Fifty Years Sober’ in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Brisbane Times.
18 April 2020
When he was 20 and studying at Monash University, Ross Fitzgerald and a bloke he met at a pub stole a car and drove it off a bridge.
It was one of many incidents, including attempted suicides, that led him to AA.
This updated version of his 2010 memoir, My Name is Ross, charts in plain-speaking, detached writing, which accentuates the gravity of the tale, the path to alcoholism.
There was the difficult childhood, troubled relationship with his mother, first drinks in school uniform at 15, a Fulbright scholarship to Cleveland that ended in electric shock treatment and the realisation at 25 that if he didn’t stop he wouldn’t see 26.
Fifty years after giving up he still attends AA meetings: once an alcoholic, always one.
By turns sad, ironic, disturbing and sometimes amusing, this is the ultimate sobering read.
Steven Carroll, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, 18-19, 2020 Spectrum, Books, p 12.
Also The Brisbane Times 18-19, 2020.
Ross Fitzgerald’s Fifty Years Sober : An Alcoholic’s Journey is available direct from Hybrid Publishers in Melbourne and from the distributor, New Holland.