About the Book

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.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732274955
  • ISBN 10: 0732274958
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 24/11/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 29.95 AUD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

Biography

ROB MUNDLE OAM is a journalist, broadcaster and bestselling author who grew up on Sydney's northside, initially in Cremorne, then on the northern beaches. His sailing career started as a four-year-old in a tiny sandpit sailboat he shared with his younger brothers, Dennis and Bruce, and the family cat.  A veteran media commentator and competitive sailor, widely regarded as Australia's 'voice of sailing', Rob was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for in recognition of his services to sailing and journalism, in 2013. Rob is the author of 18 books including his maritime history bestsellers - Bligh, Flinders, Cook, The First Fleet, Great South Land and Under Full Sail. His book on the tragic 54th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Fatal Storm, became an international bestseller and was published in six languages. A competitive sailor since the age of 11, Rob has reported on seven America's Cup matches (including the live international television coverage of Australia's historic victory in 1983), four Olympics and numerous other major events, including the Sydney-Hobart classic for 50 years. He has competed in the Sydney-Hobart on three occasions and won local, state and Australian sailing championships, as well as contested many major international offshore events. Beyond his media and racing activities he was responsible for the introduction of the international Laser and J/24 sailboat classes to Australia  Currently, the media manager for the supermaxi Sydney-Hobart racer, Wild Oats XI, Rob is also on the organising committee of Hamilton Island Race Week, Australia's largest keelboat regatta, and a Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum's Maritime Foundation. Rob was a founder of the Hayman Island Big Boat Series and a past Commodore of Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast. He is also the only Australian member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Rob's on-going love of the sea and sailing sees him living at Main Beach on the edge of the Gold Coast Broadwater.  


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