The Cat with the Giant Story

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The Cat with the Giant Story
Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson has become the King of reinvention - from misbehaving larrikin to premiership star; from Cat to Giant - and he's been at the heart of two of the most remarkable AFL teams of modern times: the great Geelong triple-premiership side, and the coming juggernaut of .

Steve Johnson - or Stevie J, as he's known to the many who love him - is the mercurial genius who was at the heart of three Geelong premierships. His 2007 season, in particular, is one of the great football stories and one that will be long remembered - he went from being arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct at the start of the year to Norm Smith medallist at the end. He's always been a crowd favourite at Geelong, because of his spirit, his humour and his can't-look-away magic in front of goal. And Fans of others clubs have really warmed to him as well, because of his talent, his decency and his second-to-none football brain. He also has a fascinating story of outside football, having been on the ground during the Bali bombings and with a family touched by drug addiction and tragedy. And even Geelong fans have to admit that the most exciting chapter could be the final one if Stevie J kicks into the 2017 grand final...

  • This is the highly anticipated autobiography of one of the AFL's greatest players of the modern era. Stevie J is one of those players whose appeal crosses teams - it's impossible not to admire the potency of this mercurial game-changer. He's a living legend in AFL circles.
  • Autobiography: Sport
    Biography: General
  • The Geelong people in the know (Tom Harley, Bomber Thompson, Billy Brownless) all say that Stevie's story of those premiership years is the one you want to hear: the players' point of view from the man with one of the best footy brains going around. He'll tell us what it was really like to be part of that incredible Geelong era.
  • Steve's story is perfect for media. While the story of him turning his 2017 season around (from being drunk and disorderly in Wangaratta and being suspended by his teammates to winning the Norm Smith medal in a premiership team) has been told before, he hasn't done the telling. And there's much more to it than we know.
  • His time at has really added to the story. As well as the first inside look into , his impact on their 2016 finals is a story in itself. After playing a key role for them all season, kicking 43 goals, he was suspended just before the preliminary final - which they lost by six points, costing them a spot in the grand final. There's no doubt that his decision to play on in 2017 was partly driven by a desire to make up for this - can he take all the way in 2017?
  • A brilliant gift and an essential addition to any AFL fan's library. This will sit along bios like those of Brendan Fevola (20k) and Dane Swan (30k).

    • 320 pages
    • Hardback
    • Penguin Random House Australia.