Podcast: Writing a Bestseller with Jessica Halloran

Podcast: Writing a Bestseller with Jessica Halloran

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined byJessica Halloran to discuss her Prime Minister’s Literary Awards-shortlisted non-fiction book, Unbreakable – the story of Jelena Dokic’s survival. Together they discuss Jelena’s remarkable journey from refugee to world-famous tennis player, and her amazing strength in the face of adversity.

Podcast guest: Jessica Halloran

Jessica Halloran started her journalism career as a cadet at the Sydney Morning Herald and now covers sport for the Sunday Telegraph. She has reported from events including Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Australian Opens, NRL and AFL finals series and interviewed the world’s biggest sports stars. She covered Jelena Dokic’s incredible comeback at the 2009 Australian Open. Her first profile of Jelena saw Jessica win an Australian Sports Commission award for best sports feature writing. Jessica has also been a Walkley Award and Kennedy Award finalist. She lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children.

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      Synopsis

      This is a story of Jelena Dokic's survival. How she survived as a refugee, twice. How she survived on the tennis court to become world No. 4. But, most importantly, how she survived her father, Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from hell.Jelena was a prodigious talent, heralded as Australia's greatest tennis hope since Evonne Goolagong. She had exceptional skills, a steely nerve and an extraordinary ability to fight on the court. Off it she endured huge challenges; being an 'outsider' in her new country, poverty and racism. Still she starred on the tennis court. By 18, she was in the world's top 10. By 19, she was No. 4. The world was charmed by her and her story – a refugee whose family had made Australia home when she was eleven years old.Jelena has not told a soul her incredible, explosive story in full – until now.From war-torn Yugoslavia to Sydney to Wimbledon, she narrates her hellish ascent to becoming one of the best tennis players in the women’s game, and her heart-breaking fall from the top. Her gutsy honesty will leave you in awe. Her fight back from darkness will uplift you. Most of all, Jelena's will to survive will inspire you.

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