Every Australian has formed their own opinion of Alan Bond, the high-flyer who stayed to face the music. Bond, the autobiography, is his chance to tell it how it really was. In Alan Bond's long-awaited autobiography, Bond, written with bestselling author Rob Mundle, the famous Australian answers his critics and reflects on his mistakes as well as the outside influences that were working to bring him down. He deals with family tragedies, including the death of his daughter Susanne, and gives his own engaging account of how he went from working-class signwriter to national hero to jail inmate. There are the first tentative forays into property development in the Perth suburbs while his family lived in a garage; the America's Cup win that stopped the nation; his part in the creation of the Australian icon, the Boxing Kangaroo; his bankruptcy, trials, and his imprisonment for over three-and-a-half years, as well as the subsequent rebuilding of his life. Along the way Alan Bond provides a telling snapshot of how business was done in the 1980s; of how the normal caution of banks and corporate leaders was tossed aside at the first smell of success and profits. Bond tackles the myths and rumours that have developed around this former Australian of the Year. He concedes he has made mistakes personally and professionally. Here he talks about where he went wrong and why he fell so far. In 2015, aged seventy-seven, Alan Bond died after complications from open-heart surgery.More info →
In this book of the life of one of Australia’s greats, we meet the man who has done so much for his country in many different ways. He brings his story up to date – as the adventurous life of Sir James Hardy continues.
As helmsman of the yacht Impetuous in the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race out of England, Jim Hardy, sportsman, winemaker, businessman and family man reached a crossroad in his life.
His happy childhood, marred by his father’s early death in a plane crash, led to a passion for sailing and a career in the family wine company. Triumphs like his contribution to Australia II’s victory in the 1983 America’s Cup and his knighthood have been offset by personal tragedies. Jim Hardy, who has always been recognised as a survivor, has his entire life dealt with frankly and sensitively in this biography.
‘If having a knighthood and a coat of arms is supposed to change your attitude towards life then I failed. I always was and always will be the same Jim Hardy.’More info →