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Product Details

  • Series: The Hobo Chronicles
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470104288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470104283
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

When a homeless alcoholic boxer wakes up in a Tasmanian Neuro-Trauma ward with a fractured skull, doctors inform him he won't be able to box or drink alcohol ever again. Though he's now having seizures and in excruciating pain, that's not an option for this thirsty pugilist. While in hospital, he has no visitors or phone calls because nobody it seems has contacted his family. No one is willing to help him find out who attacked him on the dark streets of Hobart, they say he probably fell over drunk, but this old tramp knows different and is determined to find out who the perpetrator was. The Hobo refuses to give in to the prejudice of society's laws and is determined to get well and fight again. After all, he took up boxing to keep off the grog.

More About the Author

I'm a boxer, author, poet and film maker, oh and a hobo. As I travel around with my swag, I film my life and the beautiful scenery of Australia. Although I'm decrepit, I can run all the way to the top of Mt Wellington, the magnificent mountain that looms over Hobart in Tasmania. That pinnacle is mine and the mountain is my Higher Power. I'm an older sober member of AA.

Customer Reviews

I thought this was a cool book and enjoyed it very much.
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This was a heartwarming and intricate read not just about the boxing world in general, but also about the private life of one of those boxers.
Kelly Prescott
This mystery drives the book as well as his struggles and sheer persistence.
Kay Crayton

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Prescott on February 21, 2012
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I have to admit when I started this book I had no idea what it would be about or how powerful an account it might turn out. I don't know much about the boxing world and got the book based on the intriguing description and the sample chapter, which begins with a man waking up in hospital. He doesn't know what happened to him nor who put him in there, but when he's told he has brain damage and that he'll never be able to fight again, he vows to get well and continue with his passion. After getting the ambulance report, he remembers there was an assault outside City Hall the night of a boxing tournament and his attacker leaving him for dead. With the help of a solicitor, Johnny Noctor starts to put the pieces together.

This was a heartwarming and intricate read not just about the boxing world in general, but also about the private life of one of those boxers. It was a book that sucked me right in and left me speechless as to how much evil there is in this world. The writing was captivating with a strong, intimate voice that spoke to me and made me feel as though I was right there with the author, feeling his emotions and going through what he went through in his struggle to get his life back on track and fight again. It shows the person, the human Johnny Noctor. The good things, the bad things... the victories and the mistakes, both in his boxing and private life. I recommend it to anyone who's looking for a captivating read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By June Bourgo on March 4, 2012
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I don't even know where to begin about how this story affected me. I have never been a boxing fan, or understood the need for men to bash each other's brains out, but this story is spellbinding. Johnny Noctor gets under your skin, into your head and has you feeling his pain, sharing his dreams, and rooting for the underdog. Entering a world filled with criminal intent came as no surprise but reinforced that the boxing world is a corrupt one that feeds on human prey.

Our worlds couldn't be further apart, but the author writes with such an intensity and passion that I not only lived every step of the way with him, but understood his frustrations, his demons, and his hobo existance. On one hand, I'm angry at him and want to shake him and tell him he is a highly intelligent man who has many talents, writing and boxing just two of them. So why does a self-proclaimed alcoholic healing from brain damage, whose behavior is up one day and down the next, let his low self-esteem drag him under and allow himself to be used as a human punching bag?

On the other hand I admire his courage, his tenacity, and his ability to keep dragging himself out of the lows and put himself back on his feet. I admire him for not giving up on his dreams. I respect his intelligence and his obvious writing ability and unique style.

This is a story of a man who isn't afraid to expose his frailties and the corruption and injustice of others. A must read for anyone who has the guts to enter the world of boxer hobo.

Keep writing Johnny, I want to read more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam G on October 13, 2014
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As I read this book, I couldn't believe someone lived what I was reading. This one man's unusual journey is light years away from the life any of us will ever encounter, yet it's compelling and relatable to the reader.

I don't take it upon myself to judge the author, as some other reviewers I've noticed - while I may not morally/ethically agree with all of his actions, who's to say what I would have done in his situation? And regardless, it does make for an interesting story. I enjoyed his meandering style, which came across as honest. And if you say you didn't find this story interesting, you're either lying or you weren't listening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl Wiggins on September 5, 2013
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When I first started reading this book I was excited. I thought I'd found the next Bukowski! Or Harry Crews perhaps. But it wasn't to be. As I read on the book tended to become quite repetitive. Memoirs of training, drinking, homelessness, being locked up and the evolving search for his unknown assailant.

When I say brain-damaged, I'm not kidding. He received multiple brain contusions (that's bleeding on the brain) after his skull was fractured in an attack by an unknown boxer. But that doesn't stop boxing clubs in Australia using him for hundreds of rounds of sparring ..... and then not paying him. And even though he now suffers from seizures they still find fights for him ..... and then don't pay him.

And from this point of view the book is a huge success, for this abused, oppressed and totally exploited Hobo elucidates with passion precisely what is wrong with the system. He's promised a fight, so trains for weeks only to find his name is not on the bill, so the club has got free sparring out of him. He's flown in for another fight but is offered no accommodation, so sleeps under a bridge the night before he's due to box.

From a personal perspective I understand this. I had a pal who was a pro fighter. Quite often the only preparation he had for a particular fight - apart from regular training in the gym - would be when his manager would walk on the building site and say, "Put your shovel down, you're fighting tonight," and off he'd go to add another loss to his record. Crowd pleaser though, you see. At the end of every round he'd still be standing there soaking up punishment with blood and snot all over his face.

Another mate of mine turned pro. For his first fight he fought a fellow who was rated fourth in the country but two weights above him.
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