The Things That Make Us - Life, loss and football
From No. 1 pick in the 2000 AFL draft to six-time winner of St Kilda's best and fairest award to five-time All Australian to captaining his club for a record 220 games to more than 330 games as a star of the AFL Nick Riewoldt is an out-and-out champion.
The Things that Make Us is Nick's autobiography written with a deep intelligence and insight and giving a fascinating perspective on his extraordinary life and career. As Nick describes it: 'I hope there's something in these pages for everyone who's known grief especially anyone who's lost a sibling. I hope too that my story brings a deeper understanding of a footballer's crazy world. An insight into what goes into making it what it takes to stay there and the crippling anxiety that can consume you when your burden is to accept only the best. I hope it paints a picture of what it's like to be the focus of acclamation and scandal the good and bad of a searing spotlight and how these experiences can bring out the best and worst in us.
'I hope it honours my family - the German and Tasmanian sides with their stories of struggle and endurance - who are the essence of the book's title. I hope it gives thanks for the love I found on the other side of the world and the beautiful next generation Cath and I are building together. 'I hope above all that it honours my sister Maddie. 'These are the things that made me.' The Things That Make Us is the intimate powerful and revealing account of the life of an AFL superstar and a classic in the making.
- Author: Nick Riewoldt
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin