Thursday 11th May from 12:00

John Doyle will be speaking at the Club about his book Blessed: The breakout year of rampaging Roy Slaven.

Who is Rampaging Roy Slaven? An Australian icon, a raconteur, an athlete of unsurpassable – and some may say improbable – sporting feats. Whether it was riding Rooting King to another Melbourne Cup victory, commentating the Olympics or hobnobbing with the country’s upper crust, Rampaging Roy Slaven has lived an extraordinary life.

But even some of the greatest men come from humble beginnings. Before he shot to fame as Australia’s most talented sportsman, he was just another kid in Lithgow, trying to avoid Brother Connell’s strap and garner the attention of Susan Morgan from the local Catholic girl’s school.

Blessed follows one year in the life of the boy who would become Rampaging Roy Slaven, a boy who, even at the age of fifteen, knew he was destined for greatness but had to get through high school first.

The Guardian and the Canberra Times say:

‘Beautifully surprising’ The Guardian

‘Doyle shows that his use of language is almost as skilful as that of Slaven’s ability on any sporting field’ Canberra Times


Per person – $95, includes 2-course lunch, drinks, and a copy of the book.

For pairs – $170, includes 2-course lunch, drinks, and a copy of the book to share.

Get a $20 discount if you are a Tatts’ registered book club member or if you would like to join the Book Club now!

To RSVP and collect your book now, please contact Camille at or on 9263 9217