“With alcoholism one of our major public health issues it’s an important book that may shine a light for those still suffering and their families.”
–Phil Brown, Qweekend, The Courier-Mail, 21 March 2020
“… a valuable handbook for the alcoholic who wants to stop drinking.” –Richard Whitaker
“By turns sad, ironic, disturbing and sometimes amusing, this is the ultimate sobering read.” –Steven Carroll, the Age 18 April 2020.
To celebrate 40 years of sobriety, Ross Fitzgerald published My Name Is Ross (2010) – the story of his battle with alcoholism. Although he has now succeeded in not drinking alcohol or using drugs for 50 years, in this revised and updated edition the author still calls himself an alcoholic, and pays extended tribute to the role of Alcoholics Anonymous in keeping him on the wagon. Ross Fitzgerald has been a successful academic, writer, reviewer, and commentator in the media, and acknowledges that it remains a daily battle to remain sober.
Ross Fitzgerald AM is Emeritus Professor of History & Politics at Griffith University. He is the author of 41 books, including the political/sexual satires Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure, The Dizzying Heights and So Far, So Good: An Entertainment all published by Hybrid in Melbourne. He lives in Redfern, Sydney.
“It is a superb book for the reader to gain insight into alcoholism and addiction. While still needing to attend AA meetings himself, Fitzgerald also tries to help those trying to fight their problem. A moving read.” –Alan Gregory
Listen to Alan Jones’ radio interview of Ross Fitzgerald: https://bit.ly/2UwGJbR
Hear Ross Fitzgerald speaking about his memoir at his ‘virtual’ launch at the Sydney Institute: https://bit.ly/33Jt5WU
And on ABC Radio National program ‘God Forbid’: https://ab.co/3hEw494
Public Service News review by Rama Gaind: https://psnews.com.au/2020/07/27/fifty-years-sober-an-alcoholics-journey/?state=aps
From MHSOBA Newsletter, review by Alan Gregory: ‘It is a superb book for the reader to gain insight into alcoholism and addiction.’