All Bets Are Off

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Hardie Grant Publishing, Aug 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 279 pages
When he was eight years old, David Schwarz saw his father killed in front of him in a domestic dispute gone wrong. Despite going on to become a star footballplayer, playing 11 seasons with the Melbourne Football Club, the effect of this early shocking experience would shadow him throughout his successful sporting career. This is David Schwarz's honest and courageous story, told in full for the first time. Starting with the trauma of losing his father and riding the highs and lowsof his football career, David tells the tale of his eventual undoing - a gambling addiction that saw him lose every dollar he'd ever earned and took him to the brink of personal and professional destruction. But it is also a tale of redemption, as David recounts the moment he turned his life around, and the path of recovery since.
 

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Contents

The shooting
1
Growing up 000
12
Sunbury 000
27
Making the grade 000
42
On the brink 000
67
My big year 000
82
The knee 000
102
Third time unlucky 000
131
Almost a winner 000
144
New century old habits 000
156
A punt too far 000
176
Game over 000
193
Lows and highs 000
215
My new life 000
230
No looking back 000
250
Acknowledgements 000
264

The comeback 000
133

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