Rugby league legend Wally Lewis’ new tell-all book

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Rugby league legend Wally Lewis has penned a new tell-all autobiography, which is expected to quickly become a bestseller. 

The book, which took three years to compile, documents ‘the Emperor of Lang Park’s’ life and career from birth until the present day.

Wally Lewis won three Premierships during his time in the game, and picked up the 1984 Golden Boot Award and was named as the best player in the world. 

Lewis, also the vice-captain of the 1982 Kangaroos side nicknamed ‘The Invincibles’, said the book offered readers greater personal insights into his life. 

A young Wally Lewis in action.

“This is a warts-and-all, access-all-areas version of events on and off the field and I’ve allowed unprecedented access to family archives for never-before-seen photos and memorabilia,” Mr Lewis said.

“On the field I might have become a player that people looked up to, but trust me, there’s been plenty of ups and downs – they’re all in the book and some of them will come as a shock to many.” 

Lewis co-wrote the book alongside celebrated journalist Steve Haddan, who commented that the book explains how Lewis overcame adversity to become the NRL Immortal that Australians know him as today. 

“His skills on the field were exceptional, almost other-worldly – but was this sporting greatness born or made?” 

“Was it nature, nurture, DNA, sheer determination, remarkable coaching and mentoring, or all these elements combined?” Mr Haddan said.

“I remember my young bloke asking me – how good was Wally? 

“I simply played a video for him of the State of Origin game two in the 1989 series and he knew then – Wally was just that – one of the best players of all time.”

During his career, Lewis amassed 441 appearances and 197 tries at first class level, which he commented was “an impossible dream” when he was a boy. 

“When I was a boy, I thought you had to be superman to play first grade,” he said.

“What I quickly learnt from my parents at a young age was that dreams don’t become a reality through magic. You have to roll up your sleeves and work at it.”

My Life: Wally Lewis, is available at QBD and Dymocks stores, with autographed editions available from Steve Haddan’s website