Ben Cousins by Ben Cousins

Ben Cousins

By Ben Cousins

  • Release Date: 2010-11-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 434 Ratings
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Ben Cousins has one of the most extraordinary stories in modern Australian sport. He's perhaps the most gifted player of his generation - a former captain of the West Coast eagles, a Brownlow medallist, a premiership winner, voted the AFL's Most Valuable Player - but he's best known for what he's done off the footy field rather than on it.

Ben is a self-confessed drug addict, whose drug binges would last for days and involve incredible amounts of cocaine, crack and ice. But what's really remarkable about Ben's story is that the two sides of his life - the captaincy, the premierships, the Brownlow, the accolades, and the frenzy and squalor of the drug scene were actually done at the same time, side by side.

Ben's book is an account of this double life, and what it's cost him, his family and his friends. It's also an account of his battles to beat his addiction, and his battle to keep playing football - which was his lifeline - against the entrenched opposition of a large number of people in the game. And as if the story is not extraordinary enough, what distinguishes it above all else is the approach Ben's taken to writing it. It is a work of searing emotional and factual honesty. Ben hides nothing, and the result is one of the most remarkable sporting memoirs ever published in Australia.


  • Such huge admiration for Cousins

    By Jess76plus
    Mental health issues in professional sport are so common and need much better treatment. Cousins, for all his struggles, is amazing and inspiring because he keeps on trying to get better. Whether he gets there or not doesn't take away from that.
  • Ben cousins book

    By Matty g 77
    Good on ya Ben best of luck.refreshing to read a honest insight into a champion footballers real life behind the scenes.Top family
  • Insight

    By Veetrain
    I've been a fan of Ben since his Eagles days, the book is an easy read, and gives you a very raw insight to the events that led Bens life as it spiraled out of control. Left me sad for him and his family
  • Best book I have ever read

    By LowLYF
    The title says it all. Buy it. It's amazing. I couldn't put it down. Well written and such an amazing story
  • Brutally honest

    By onebravechick
    Ben has to be given credit for being so candid. He gives insights into addiction that are both incredibly frank and disturbing. He done a great service in having the courage to write about his life & experience. His honest account shows the power of addiction and how, amazingly he escaped with his life. Really worth a read.
  • 4.99?

    By chris cocks
    Ha it's not worth that much
  • Such an idiot

    By cjgibbs1986
    Interesting read if you like football, I didn't mind Ben Cousins before I read the story, after reading it I realized he is such a horrible person. Everyone has choices, he chose to be a drug user.
  • Compelling Read.

    By Mud007
    A very honest and frank account of the grip of drug addiction. Just goes to show that addiction doesn't discriminate. Would recommend this book.
  • Fantastic

    By Bennos10
    What a wonderful book detailing the demons that plagued a high profile athlete. A no holds barred tale of how Ben Cousins lived his double life and how his battle will never end. Good luck to himself and best wishes for his future
  • Ben Cousins - my life story

    By Jazziee..
    Opens your eyes to what Ben went through. Unless you have been to the same dark places as him, its hard to comprehend how drugs grabbed hold of his life.