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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 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Great read from an author who has a lot to tell. Inspiring for those of us dealing with alcohol issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My name I'd Ross: An alcoholic's journey. 25 July 2013
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I went to Melbourne High after Ross. His descriptions of his teachers, particularly the right wing Horton Hobson amused me with its accuracy. His consequent descriptions of his own character are surprisingly open and candid. Usually people who write biographies ultimately apologise for, then commend themselves. Ross does tell of his literary and academic achievements but he includes his feats as a dirty rotten, cheating scoundrel drunk as well. How about when he serves an academic posting as a Russian expert extraordinaire when he doesn't speak the language or know much Kremlin stuff? During the read we learn fellow sponge Barry Humphries showed Ross his first showing of the now infamous and disgusting Les Patterson. I was left thinking maybe Barry was character sketching his mate Ross. Ross convinced me alcoholism is a genetic disease and some people are better off never touching the stuff. A great read for a Melbourne baby boomer like me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brutally frank story of alcoholism 30 May 2014
By Sir Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a brutally frank and stark account of a man who became an alcoholic at a young age and, with the ongoing assistance of Alcoholics Anonymous, managed to enter long-term recovery. Ross Fitzgerald is a person of great intellect and is renown for his perceptive, somewhat controversial and humorous insights into many aspects of Australian history and society. This book is one of many he has authored and is recommended reading for anybody wanting to understand more about the dark and confronting world of people addicted to alcohol and other drugs.
5.0 out of 5 stars I will certainly recommend it to others 16 August 2016
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I found the book very informative. It offers hope for alcoholics and valuable insight for their families. I will certainly recommend it to others. Ross is a lucky survivor. His writing style so easy to read. Kathie
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but too long 15 June 2013
By Geoffrey Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
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The story of an intelligent young man's struggle with alcohol is interesting but the book is repetitive, tedious in places, a bit self-indulgent and does not need to be this long.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 December 2014
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very good and well written