Loathe him or loathe him, there is no escaping the ill-informed pronouncements of this most unappealing of sportsmen. If you are inclined to laugh at sexist jokes, smirk at racist and homophobic slurs, if you find yourself nodding in agreement to speeches made by Pauline Hanson, Fred Nile and Senator Bill Heffernan, then you may find this book interesting and, at times, amusing.
If not, I reckon you’ll be able to decide whether or not you want to buy it.
To help in your decision, here’s what the publisher has to say:
Say what you like about Jason Akermanis – footballer, showman, show-off, troublemaker, (BBGuru: or jerk) – there’s no denying that he’s made an impression in his 15 years as an AFL star player .
Now, after more than 300 games, three Premierships and a Brownlow Medal, the curtain has come down on his extraordinary career (BBGuru: ie: thrown out of club for being a tool). No longer restrained by contractual obligations and free to speak at last, Aker reveals a no-holds-barred look at a stellar sporting career, including behind-the-scenes details of Aker’s falling out with Leigh Matthews, his move to the Western Bulldogs, run ins with fellow players, and his thoughts on the game.
Interwoven throughout is the personal story of finding and reconciling with his biological father – a married man with a family of his own who lived next door. Told with trademark honesty (BBGuru: publisher code for ‘thoughtlessness’) and passion, this tell-all (BBGuru: may include unsubstantiated claims and a total disregard for the feelings of others) memoir is a must-have for all footy fans.
So there you have it. What a book!
(BBGuru: See? I said I would help promote it and I have. Can I go now?)
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.