Dawn: One Hell Of A Life
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Dawn: One Hell Of A Life

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Dawn Fraser is one of Australia's most recognised and best-loved sportswomen. She has held our attention (and the headlines) for almost half a century, having burst onto the scene as a gutsy and talented swimmer in the 1950s. A multiple gold medal winner over three consecutive Olympics, a constant record-breaker, a rebel, a campaigner, National Living Treasure, Swimmer of...more
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published July 20th 2002 by Hodder (first published 2001)
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Dawn was from my childhood inner city suburb. She taught me to swim.!
I really enjoyed Dawn Fraser's autobiography. Starting right at the beginning ie her birth in suburban Balmain (back then a very working class area)into a large, poor but very loving family it traces her life journey from a tomboy to a world champion swimmer and beyond.

Right from the start Dawn is an easy, engaging read. I was hooked right from the first page and it was only towards the end that I found a few paragraphs/sections that were a bit slow going. So I would say the first part of the bo...more
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Found it a hard to read as it moved a bit slow to what I'm used to. Was a book that left me with a lot of respect for Dawnie, her ongoing slog with officials was very interesting. Could imagine some of these officials will never read this book!
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Dawn Fraser was an Australian champion swimmer. She is the first of only two swimmers in Olympic history to win individual gold medals for the same event at three successive Olympics. She won eight Olympic medals, including four gold medals, and six Commonwealth Games gold medals. She also held 39 records. The 100 meters freestyle record was hers for 15 years from 1 December 1956 to 8 January 1972...more
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