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My Name Is Ross: An Alcoholic's Journey by [Fitzgerald, Ross]
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This is a compelling book for anyone suffering from alcoholism, seeking to understand it, or wanting to warn loved ones and friends of its affects. Brutally honest and inspiring, it tells the life story of one of Australia's well-known writers as an alcoholic and his struggle to become and stay sober. Beginning with his first drink at the age of 14, this unique account traces the author’s relationship with alcohol, taking readers on a journey from substance abuse and despair to hope and courage. Both heart-wrenching and enlightening, his chronicle is a strong personal story of triumph over substance abuse that will grip readers from the start. Ross Fitzgerald is one of Australia's most prolific authors, to-date publishing 35 books. They include novels, histories, biographies and poetry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2313 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Griffith; New Edition edition (26 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZYH3LI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My Name is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey by Ross Fitzgerald

According to my alcoholic girlfriend, it’s more like his name is mud, because one of the most important of AA’s Twelve Traditions is that members don’t reveal their identities to the media. As she says, they might get bigheaded and start thinking they did it all by themselves.

But as my dad used to say, circumstances alter cases and one thing I can tell you is when Ross was starting out in the Sixties, AA needed all the help it could get - as did I, as the wife of an alcoholic who refused to go.

Back in the Australian jahillaya of the Fifties, belonging to AA was like saying you’d joined the Flat Earth Society, as bad as saying you’d taken the pledge with the Rechabites (still going strong in Toowong, Brisbane, he notes). In boozy Sydney, submitting to a power greater than yourself went against the prevailing atheist grain, and it’s not surprising to learn that things were much the same in Melbourne, where Ross was drawn to atheism and Communism from an early age. Even today you can find websites banging on about how AA is a cult, all about indoctrination and next door to religion, OMG, so I loved his joke (there’s lots) about the Irishman who asks ‘but are you a Catholic atheist or a Protestant atheist?’ In Sixties Australia, it was a bit early for Jewish atheists, probably they were one of the many things we fondly imagined only happened in America.

So we need to see Ross’s journey in perspective. In 1935, when AA started in Ohio, it was a giant leap forward from the prevailing view, even after Prohibition, was that alcoholism was a moral failing.
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I enjoyed Ross' insightful recollections of his youth and felt for him as his relationship with his mother was far from close. His admiration for his dad was palpable and touching given the times and attitudes they spawned, I felt his pain and admiration in equal measure.
His telling of his descent into alcoholism was frightening and his courage in pulling himself out was inspiring. His determination to remain sober and his dedication to AA and all it's done for him and countless others is immeasurably honourable, Ross is a beacon for all in the grip of the grog and his struggle will only end with his death, his fortitude is simply remarkable.

I have recommended his story to a member of my family who has an addiction problem, Ross' story should help him in his way through life, I sincerely hope so.
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Great read from an author who has a lot to tell. Inspiring for those of us dealing with alcohol issues.
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