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Good Night Irene

How a Bullied, Fat Kid from Melbourne Became a Global Broadcasting Star

By: Michael Schiavello

Price: CAD $32.99

Publisher: Bad Apple Press

Imprint: Bad Apple Press

256 Pages

8 X 6 ins

ISBN:  9780648556930 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 10/15/2020

Good Night Irene is the entertaining and powerful story of a regular kid from Melbourne who became an award-winning television sports broadcaster, with his unique brand of commentary regularly beamed to millions worldwide. The overweight son of an immigrant factory worker, Michael Schiavello was bullied at school because of his weight and told he'd amount to nothing in the media industry. By his late teens he knew he had two things going for him: his booming voice and a burning determination to prove his critics wrong.

Michael details his incredible rise from university drop-out to topping TV ratings in the USA and Asia, and a behind-the-scenes look at celebrities he encountered along the way, including: a gun-toting Steven Seagal, Drake, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Diego Maradona, Cathy Freeman, Hulk Hogan, Dannii Minogue, Sugar Ray Leonard, Dana White, Jackie Chan, Wasim Akram, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and many more.

Warmly humorous and filled with heart, Good Night Irene is testament to the power of passion and perseverance for anyone battling to find their place in the world.



Michael Schiavello grew up in Melbourne. After interning at Triple M, Michael began working as a sports journalist. Since then he has written for more than 50 publications worldwide, was the long-serving editor of Blitz Magazine, and the editor of International Kickboxer magazine until 2009, a feature writer for Inside Sport magazine, and was the youngest ever inductee to the Best Australian Sports Writing Awards. He has commentated for AXS TV, K-1, Dream, Maximum Fighting Championship, King of the Cage, and The Contender, Asia. He currently travels the world working as a TV Commentator and Presenter for Singapore-based MMA promotion One Championship.



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