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... More > 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.< Less
This extraordinary novel moves between Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, and Ireland, with its cast of flamboyant misfits playing out the eternal search for love and passion. Rodney (hang-glider and... More > merchant of erotica); Rebekah (19 year old Alcoholic’s Anonymous member, father unknown) ; and Michael (maverick motorcycling priest) are the three voices which speak powerfully, nakedly to us in Soaring. Soaring is a winner of the Eros Foundation erotic Book of the Year Award.< Less
Teetotal hypochondriac hero, Grafton Everest is overweight, indolent, indecisive and gets on badly with most of his fellow academics at tin pot Bowen University. If things seem bad, they only get... More > worse when Grafton discovers that his old high school teacher recruits graduates for national security work. And with the Free Enterprise World Symposium coming to Bowen he needs Grafton, who suddenly finds himself up to his neck in clandestine operations involving everyone from the Premier down. There’s missing nuclear waste somewhere and Bowen campus is awash with radical splinter groups and terrorist cells, all seemingly hell-bent on apocalyptic action. They’re nutty enough to give political correctness a bad name.
"The good Doctor, Ross Fitzgerald, has invented a 16-stone, hypochondriac, degenerate creep, Grafton Everest." - Steve J Spears
"Grafton Everest is a wonderful creation whom I would place without question in the ranks of Philip Roth’s Portnoy and Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim." - Barry Humphries< Less