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Learning the Ropes

Learning the Ropes (Paperback)

By Saunders, Keith

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In 1956, when Keith Saunders dropped 'knockout specialist' Dave King in a fight at Wollongong, the referee administering the count was startled, when he reached five, to hear King say from the canvas I'm okay...but I'm staying here. This bastard hits too hard. From the lean and t...errifying days of the Depression in rural New South Wales to the exhilaration and excess of Australian boxing in the sixties and after, the life of boxer Keith Saunders has been extraordinary.As a young Aboriginal man already embittered by his experience of racism, Saunders saw his involve-ment in sport as a way of becoming 'a somebody' and maintaining his self-respect in the face of exploitation and injustice. At sixteen he fought in the New South Wales state boxing finals, along with Jimmy Carruthers (later Australian and world bantamweight champion), and by the time he was twenty-one he had boxed with 'some of the best fighters in the world'. In this fast-paced, funny autobiography that includes some electrifying first-hand accounts of great Australian fights, we glimpse a little of the indulgent world that opened to a few successful boxers, the frustration felt by those Australians who endure racial indignities, and also some of the horror and tragedy of the boxing ring.
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ISBN 9780855752378
Published NZ 1 Oct 1992
Publisher Misc - NewSouth
Format Paperback
In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9780855752378
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Misc - NewSouth
Imprint Aboriginal Studies Press
Published 1 Oct 1992
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Saunders, Keith
Category Award Winning
Sports & Outdoor Recreation
Australian & Pacific History
Biography & Autobiography
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 233
Dimensions Width: 260mm
Height: 180mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code 796.83092
Weight 610g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Boxers (Sport) Biography
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade