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Fev: In the Moment. by Brendan Fevola with Adam McNicol Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742704212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742704210
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,274,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brendan Fevola began playing football with the Narre Warren Junior Football Club before going on to play senior football with the Carlton Football Club from 1998 to 2009, and with the Brisbane Football Club in 2010. He is a dual-winner of the Coleman Medal and widely regarded as one of the best fullforwards in the history of the game. He lives in Melbourne with wife Alex and their three daughters. Adam McNicol writes for the AFL and has two previous books: The Danihers with Terry, Neale, Anthony and Chris Daniher; and All Bets are Off with David Schwarz.

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By The Maestro on October 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fev In My Own Words is an interesting read but not a page turner apart from here and there. It is better than some sports bios but not up to the standard of recent books by Tim Watson, Matthew Lloyd or Christi Malthouse. You get a sense that Brendan Fevola is a man still with the mindset of a boy in year 9 who has been coddled all his life. To some extent he admits this and remarkably still does not know how to do basic everyday things. Someone else has to do it for him. Give a person no responsibility and they have no responsibilities and behave accordingly. None of his misdemeanours have been overtly serious but you wonder why he did them in the first place.

The value in this book is in where he gives insight into how football clubs have a tendency for the tail to wag the dog and none of this is better shown than in the treatment of Denis Pagan by players who thought they were the club and how the PR spin is just that. Also about the perceived leadership in some football clubs or should that be boys clubs?

It would have been interesting to get more from The Fev about why he thought it funny to put the Irish barman in a headlock and why he thought it funny squirting someone with a fire extinguisher. Also more about the gambling which cost him a small fortune and the thugs behind the scenes. He loves his wife and their family but why stray? The gambling, the drink and his general lack of responsibility recently had him declared bankrupt. When he looks back on what could have been, given his high football salary (in AFL terms) and well paid media profile, his life comes across as a life partially wasted and of not taking advantage of opportunities the majority of people do not enjoy. And thinking because he can kick a football through the goal posts it is all right.
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By Mitchel Schaefer on October 5, 2013
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Like others have said you do feel a bit sorry for the guy after reading this. He seems like a nice enough guy. I'm sure there's other people out there who have made mistakes if not worse in their lifetime, they just don't have the media or general public in their face about it. Although I would give him a slap around the head for his brownlow night antics. As he writes in the book, the game and culture certainly did change a lot for the period he was playing in. But I guess it was people like him that has caused the AFL and clubs to make stricter rules on their players off field activities.
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Format: Hardcover
I actually thought this was a good read although hardly taxing mentally. I feel sorry for Fev as the media have crucified him unjustly. I know Fev has done some stupid things as he's an immature larrikin but none of those things were serious.
I scratch my head how Ben Cousins was allowed back to play for Richmond after his illicit drug use & Andrew Krakouer was found guilty in June 2008 of assault with intent to cause bodily harm, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years' jail. He was sentenced to four years' jail. Krakouer was released from prison in August 2009 yet now plays for Collingwood.
Compare these indescretions & the impact Cousin's & Krakouer's actions have had on the community to Fev's failings before you judge Fev harshly.
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No matter how many games he's played he amazingly seems to recall them all

The footy roller coaster of his first AFL team, Carlton is mirrored in his personal life
Although no longer an AFL player himself, he provides some wonderful insights into many that still are
Very contemporary in that sense
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By jolee on November 14, 2012
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Fev: In My Own Words, was a good light reading about his footy life. It made me see a little of what happens inside a footy club and how different things in his life affected his footy career.
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I enjoyed this book but I am not really a footy fanatic. I bought it as I was more interested in the juicer details of a footballer's fall from grace but there was a lot of chapter after chapter explaining the details of football matches that I have never watched. It was still a good read though and gave me a decent insight into Brendan Fevolas life and the pressures he faced during his football career.
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