Fev: In My Own Words by Brendan Fevola

Fev: In My Own Words

By Brendan Fevola

  • Release Date: 2012-07-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 168 Ratings
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Always in the spotlight, always controversial, this is the story of a football great forced to confront his demons. From his career highs to personal lows and the media storms that have surrounded them, Brendan Fevola opens up for the first time about his time as an AFL great and his controversial off-field antics. A guaranteed best-seller at Father’s Day, Fev: In My Own Words is a no-holds barred look at a lifetime in sport and in the public eye, and the difficulties that can come with it. Brendan Fevola was 17 years old when he as drafted by the Carlton Football Club. Less than a year Later, he played his first senior game in front of more than 50,000 people. Despite the Blues’ slide down the ladder and Fev’s difficult relationship with one of his first coaches, Wayne Brittain, his extraordinary goal-kicking skills and the mentorship of later coach Denis Pagan saw him become one of the best full-forwards in AFL history and winner of two Coleman Medals. Off-field controversies overshadowed Fev’s on-field brilliance and saw him traded to the Brisbane Football Club for the 2010 season before being sacked by the Lions in February 2011. Life continued to unravel with his gambling addiction leading to mounting debts, marriage breakdown, depression and thoughts of suicide. This is a personal and ultimately positive story of Fev’s life in football, the ups and downs both onfield and off, and his hopes for the future. It includes an inside look at life at the Blues and the Lions as a player, as well as intimate insights into Brendan’s experience of family, gambling and depression.


  • Few in my own words

    By Leo1954AU
    Great read
  • Fev

    By Louis langoulant
    I loved this book. I didn't think much of Fev before this. But after reading his book changed my mind. Great read.
  • No groundbreaking insight, but worth reading

    By Rossci80
    Was ok, but was hoping for some behind the scenes details of how things happened, rather than an almost historical account of the circumstances and how it made Fevola feel. This had the possibility of being an epic tell all, but other than saying how good he was and how people said he was good, and then how bad he was, how people said he was bad, and how bad he felt....... What about how he fell into contact with bookies and what happened when debt collectors came knocking? Or coming clean about other things that happened? Or is Fevola one of the rare people that got caught in everything he did? Never got away with anything? Maybe we like a train wreck story, and that is probably not great in itself, but raw honest autobiographies also serve as a warning, deep insight, and may help people in similar situations avoid negative things in life. It just seemed that there was one more level this book could have gone to be something special.
  • A great read - Well recommended

    By Aussie Dave!
    Thanks Fev, I really enjoyed reading your journey, and hearing your openness and honesty. Thanks for the great commitment that you gave to the Blues - my family and I enjoyed watching you at many games over the years. I hope the rest of your life goes well for you and your family. Cheers.
  • Fev

    By Nhgfsjbfgj
    Great read highly recommend I didn't realise he through so much away....Great shame.
  • Brought back memories

    By Villa G
    This book isn't earth-shattering, and definitely leans towards hagiographical, but is still a decent read. The best thing about this book is how Fev reminisces about the big names from when I was growing up. It definitely brought back memories!
  • A good read!

    By Heart:)
    Really enjoyable and easy read as Fev recounts his playing days, mainly with the Blues. Fairly honest account with what he describes as a 'bit of fun' time after time. Very skilful player and I highly recommend this book to any AFL fan. Even though it is in 'his own words' Adam McNicol has done a fine job in putting it together and researching quotes from journos linking Fev's stories and games. Download it now!
  • Gutsy effort

    By Wex hunt
    As an avid Eagles supporter and long time lover of our great game, I decided to buy this book mainly for the read, I didn't have a great deal of time for Fev due to some of his antics and also playing for the opposition, however, after reading his book, I have full admiration for guy and now wish he was wearing blue and gold for those 200 + game. A great book Fev, and a great story that will go a very long way to helping some of the young kids coming into the AFL system. So glad that you were able to get your family back and hope it remains that way forever. The Fev story, the Fev way. Wayne Myers
  • Fev

    By Starzon
    Shallow & boring account of his life to date. Brendon was badly let down by someone in his football life ,they should be ashamed of themselves for not grabbing him by the scruff of the neck. It is easy to say that he should have woken up to himself but how many of us have others to thank for helping us along ?
  • Good read!

    By Perdita1
    Fev's book was an interesting insight into his footy career and his character. Honest, raw and insightful. A journey of growth. His loyalty which is his biggest character strength shines through. I really enjoyed it.