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A Life Worth Living

Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE KStj

Simon & Schuster

The son of Lebanese immigrants, Sir Nicholas Shehadie ranks among the highest achievers in Australian civic and sporting life.

Born and raised in the rough-and-tumble Sydney suburb of Redfern, Sir Nicholas spent his formative years in Randwick and Coogee, where his natural athleticism inevitably brought him to the attention of the Randwick Rugby Club and the Australian Rugby Union — initially against his parents’ wishes.

Sir Nicholas went on to play 30 international Tests for the Wallabies in the 1940s and ’50s, an Australian record at the time. He later became president of the Australian Rugby Union, presiding over the game’s transition to professionalism and the inauguration of the Rugby World Cup.

What a fascinating read about a man who, to date, has done an extraordinary amount of living. As the chief pioneer of the Rugby World Cup we rugby fans owe much to Sir Nick’s courage and vision in challenging the game’s traditional gatekeepers.

—Nick Farr-Jones AM, former Wallabies captain

The sporting qualities of toughness but fairness earned Sir Nicholas respect as a strong and inspiring leader, not only in the world of sport, but also in business and public life. While establishing a flourishing business, he served as Lord Mayor of Sydney in the tumultuous era of green bans and the rapidly changing face of Sydney. For nearly two decades he served as Chairman of SBS Television — during its formative years — and oversaw the redevelopment of the Sydney Cricket Ground and the building of the Sydney Football Stadium while a trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust.

In A Life Worth Living, Sir Nicholas reflects on his life and achievements with characteristic humility and charm. This is an inspirational and absorbing story of a man who never said ‘I can’t’.

Sir Nicholas’s (Nick’s) life story is an inspiring and educational read. It is a shining example of what I like about Australia — opportunity for those who wish to grab it.’

—Mark Taylor, former Australian cricket captain

A life lived to the full. Integrity, warmth, courage, passion and a strong sense of civic responsibility. A remarkable public and personal life. I hope they didn’t break the mould after Nicholas Shehadie was made.

—Mary Kostakidis, SBS television