Out of the Shadows by Neil Cadigan and Wally Lewis

This autobiographical book is about rugby league legend Wally Lewis and is a startlingly candid account of his life since his retirement from rugby league.

What’s it about?

Wally Lewis will forever be known to rugby league fans as “The King”. He could do what appeared to be impossible on the field and yet, unbeknownst to those around him, including members of his family and close friends, he managed to perform at the most elite level while hiding a secret. When he finally revealed to a stunned public that he’d been living with epilepsy for years, he did so just prior to undergoing life-saving brain surgery for the neurological disorder. 

Wally talks of the difficulty he had in facing major surgery and the emotional and physical impact of his deteriorating condition, including a dramatic virtual “blackout” on air in 2006. 

A true champion

Interestingly, Wally dealt with his only daughter’s deafness publicly, all the while keeping his own crisis so profoundly private. Following a successful procedure, Wally has gone on to work with Epilepsy Queensland as patron to raise awareness about the disorder, helping de-stigmatise the condition and inspiring others to live positively with epilepsy. In 2008, he was included in the Australian and Queensland teams of the century during the Centenary Year of League.

Synopsis: HarperCollins Australia

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