The Things That Make Us : Life, Loss and Football
by Nick Riewoldt
Editor: Allen & Unwin
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From the #1 selection in the 2000s AFL project, six times winner of St Kilda, the best and fairest price, to five times in Australia, to becoming captain at his club for a record 220 games, to over 330 games as a star of the AFL, Nick Riewoldt is an out-and-out championThe Things That Make Us, it is Pseudo autobiography, written with deep intelligence and insight, and give a fascinating perspective on his extraordinary life and careerAs Nick describes it: “I hope there is something in these pages, for all those who have experienced grief, especially anyone who has lost a brother or sisterI also hope that my story brings a deeper understanding of a footballer is of the madness of the worldA glimpse of what will do with it, what it takes to stay there, and the paralysis of anxiety that can consume from you when your burden is to accept that the bestI hope he paints a picture of what it is like to be the centre of acclamation and scandal, the good and bad of a burning spotlight, and how these experiences can bring out the best and the worst in us.”I hope it honors my family – the German and Tasmanian sides with their stories of struggle and endurance, which are the very essence of the book’s titleI hope it gives thanks for the love I found on the other side of the world, and for the beautiful next generation Cath and I edifice common”I especially hope he honors my sister Maddie”These are things that have made meThe Things That Make Us, it is the intimate, powerful and revealing account of the life of the AFL superstar, a classic in becoming
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