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[5 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

Well-known author and commentator, Professor Ross Fitzgerald, and Antony Funnell, of ABC Radio National’s “Future Tense” fame, have produced the funniest Grafton Everest novel yet.
The previous Grafton adventure, Going Out Backwards, was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
Ross Fitzgerald AM is the author of 40 books, including a memoir My Name Is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey; and the sexual/political satire Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
Antony Funnell is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and author. …

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[23 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Melbourne High School EXIT 1961
Ross Fitzgerald has recently published his 39th book “Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football”.
Ross lives in Redfern, Sydney with his wife, Lyndal Moor Fitzgerald.
Published by Connor Court, HEARTFELT MOMENTS is a collection of 37 original essays about Aussie Rules. including a piece by Ross entitled “The Death and Life of Darren Millane”.
The book can be purchased at:
http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index. php?main_page=product_info&products_id=363#.
MHSOBA Newsletter, December 2016

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[18 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

Bumbling Mangoland academic, Professor Dr Grafton Everest, has been elected to the Australian Senate, without really knowing why, and due to the influx of weird independents, finds himself holding the balance of power. Despite this, his personal life is a train wreck. A prostatectomy has left him impotent, his daughter is staging a theatrical event with an outlaw motorcycle gang and he suspects his wife is planning to have him put to sleep. On top of it all, Australia is facing natural disaster from Tectonic Change. Can Grafton save his …

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[18 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
Busy in the Fog

Busy in the Fog is a wildly funny sexual-political romp which will amaze, delight, annoy and almost certainly offend. Grafton Everest is now at his wit’s end facing life in his gluttonous middle age. Forced to deal with unexpected changes in his wife Janet, their allegedly gifted child Lee-Anne, and in his supposedly academic place of work, Grafton passes through episodes of a spiralling, phobic anxiety, Ross Fitzgerald’s Queensland has more than its share of terrorists, religious ratbags, free enterprise maniacs and right and left-wing zealots.
“Utilising a lethal wit, Fitzgerald’s …

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[24 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Pushed from the Wings

Ross Fitzgerald’s novel “Pushed from the Wings is a riotously funny black comedy set in Queensland, Australia. His teetotal hypochondriac hero, Grafton Everest, is destined to become an Australian legend: an Antipodean early middle-age mix of Walter Mitty, Billy Liar and Sandy Stone. An anti-hero of outrageous proportion. “Pushed from the Wings is now an eBook.

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[28 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

Ross Fitzgerald’s Erotic Novel of the Year is now available as an eBook. Drawing on classic themes of betrayal, death and metamorphosis, Ross Fitzgerald has created an enthralling contemporary mythology in Soaring.
This extraordinary novel moves between Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, and Ireland, with its cast of flamboyant misfits playing out the eternal search for love and passion.
Rodney (hang-glider and merchant of erotica); Rebekah (19 year old Alcoholic’s Anonymous member, father unknown) ; and Michael (maverick motorcycling priest) are the three voices which speak powerfully, nakedly to us in Soaring.

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[13 Dec 2009 | 64 Comments | ]

From his first drink at the age of fourteen Ross Fitzgerald has struggled with alcoholism. His story is one of despair, courage and hope – and living to see another day.
He writes about growing up in Melbourne, drinking his way through university in Australia and the US, being incarcerated and subjected to electric shock therapy and reaching rock bottom before being saved by Alcoholics Anonymous.

One of Australia’s most widely-published historians, his story is truly inspiring. Insightful and brutally honest, “My Name is Ross” is his account of life as an …

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[1 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]
The Pope’s Battalions

More than half a century ago, the Catholic Church set out to take over Australian political life. The Church set up an underground organization to infiltrate political parties, to control their agenda, and to assume the leadership of their personnel. With church money, church facilities, and church authority, the organization had some noticeable successes. By 1952 it felt able to report that within a few years, Australian governments, federal and state, would be legislating its policies.
If this sounds shocking today, one should reflect that in a democracy it is legitimate …

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[29 Aug 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Nation under the influence

FOR most of European history, the social effects of drunkenness were widely perceived as a problem and the individual drinker was seen as the source of that problem.
Before the 19th century, what is most notable about responses to excessive drinking is its perceived connection with licentiousness, sinfulness and crime. English laws against drunkenness enacted in 1552 and in 1606 repressed what was seen at the time as “the odious and loathsome sin of drunkenness”.
Problem drinking and alcohol-related harms hinted at moral defects in individuals, so remedies focused on punishing sinful …