How John Wood clawed his way to acting success

REVIEW: A slow journey from the bottom to the middle

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It was a long way to the middle for one of Australia's favourite TV personalities


John Wood has been a fixture of the Australian entertainment industry for the past 40 years, but how did he get to where he is now?

Success didn't come easy for the star of hit TV shows Rafferty's Rules and Blue Healers.

How I Clawed My Way to the Middle tells a fascinating story of John's journey from high school drop out, to Gold Logie winner.

John worked as a bricklayer, a railway clerk and at the same abattoir as his father while pursuing his acting dreams in amateur theatre.

His hard work eventually paid off when he earned himself an audition at NIDA, which proved to be successful.

The book tells the story of his rise through the theatre ranks in Sydney and the Melbourne Theatre Company and into the world of TV which made him a household name.

It is filled with stories of the interesting characters he met along the way.

The book is not just about John's acting journey, it is a story of a working class upbringing, family, his love for his wife Leslie and the struggles he encountered along the way.

How I Clawed My Way to the Middle (Penguin Viking ), John Wood, RRP $34.99