When Michael O'Loughlin was drafted by the Sydney Swans at just 17 years of age, he was the no. 40 selection and the last player picked. Back then he could not have imagined the extraordinary future that awaited him: the numerous awards and accolades, the respect and admiration of fellow players, a huge number of personal supporters, and a record-breaking 303 games in the red and white. This is the inspiring story of Michael's life from the childhood lessons of hard work and self-belief imparted to him by his mother, Muriel, to the discovery of the stunning sporting ability which would take him into the elite legions of AFL. By 2009, Michael had broken the Swans' games record. He had kicked more goals for the club than anyone except the legendary Bob Pratt. He played more finals for the Swans than any other, and became one of just three Indigenous players in the history of the sport to reach 300 games. MICKY O is the extraordinary story of a kid who combined his talent with sheer determination to become one of the greatest AFL players of all time.
My Rating: 2.5/5
This is the first autobiography I have read where I didn't have a personal interest in the subject. I read this book as part of the 2012 50 Books You Can't Put Down list.
What I did like about this book was that is was primarily about his football career. Although I'm not a Swans fan I found this interesting as I had watched most of the games he described.
The main problem I had with this book was the editing. I found that there were alot of times where the wrong grammatical tense was used.
Whilst reading, I felt like there were missing pieces and felt like it was too jumbled at times.