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Not All Black and White : Scott Hodges' Life in Football and How It Almost Ended - David Penberthy

Not All Black and White

Scott Hodges' Life in Football and How It Almost Ended


Published: 31st July 2017
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On paper Scotty Hodges had it all.

In a football career almost without peer, Scott was drafted as a teenager to represent the team he loved, Port Adelaide, and would go on to win a staggering eight premierships.

He would break the State’s all-time goal-kicking record, win its highest honour, the Magarey Medal, and be headhunted as the star forward in the inaugural Adelaide Crows AFL team. He had a beautiful wife, herself the daughter of football royalty, and two gorgeous young kids.

Behind all this his life was falling apart.

For years, Scott grappled with undiagnosed mental illness, sending him into a spiral of confusion and isolation, drug and alcohol abuse, anger and violence. He kept this secret from the world, and even began planning his own demise.

This is the gritty and raw account of how an ordinary man overcame extraordinary demons, and emerged the other side with a message of hope and survival.

About the Author

David Penberthy has been a journalist and editor for more than 20 years. He started his career with The Adelaide Advertiser before moving to Canberra as the paper's national political editor from 1996 to 1999. He joined The Daily Telegraph in Sydney in 1999 as State bureau chief and was chief of staff and opinion editor before his appointment as editor of the newspaper from 2005 to 2008. He launched the opinion website The Punch in 2009 and was editor in chief of news.com.au from 2010 to 2012. He edited the Adelaide Sunday Mail in 2013 and moved to breakfast radio in 2014 with Adelaide's FiveAA.

He has been a columnist for 15 years and writes two weekly columns for The Advertiser and News Corp's Sunday titles. He is married with three children.


A book I will read multiple times


I read it in a couple of days and that's a record It was everything I hoped it would be. Really interesting and honest a great read

Broken Hill nsw


Sportsman's Scott Hodges Biography.


This is a special book for the man in my life who has followed Scott Hodges career with Port Adelaide Football Club.

Murray Bridge South Australia


I would buy this book again, and read it again


This story was absolutely amazing. My brother played with Scott in the Crows and the Port Adelaide Magpies. I didn't realise this was happening, to so many and how it effected them. I would recommend this book to anyone, I have loaned it out to a friend and she thought it was great too.

Country, SA, Australia


Excellent read, highly recommend


Delivery time poor




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ISBN: 9780143785132
ISBN-10: 0143785133
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 31st July 2017
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.44