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Not an Ordinary Life, from class enemy to the Hall of Fame and a lifetime in between

Not an Ordinary Life, from class enemy to the Hall of Fame and a lifetime in between

Author(s): Laszlo Hody

Location(s): Budapest, Melbourne, Szeged

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1940-2015

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A compelling and adventurous story that unfolds in Hungary, a country caught up in the frightening political and social issues of the 40’s and 50’s. Les’ early family life was one of privilege and success, but it quickly changed for the worst when he and his family were branded ‘Enemies of the State’ persecuted and stripped of everything. Through incredible determination, endurance and luck he reached the pinnacle of European basketball and popularity.
At the peak of his sporting prowess and despite his status as a European champion and Olympian, Les at twenty-two, faced one of life’s most difficul decisions. Live a life with little hope in Hungary or escape. With nothing more than clothes, Les fled Hungary during the violent 1956 uprising against communism, to an uncertain future as a refugee.
Les’s courage, his undeniable talent and drive to be the best saw him triumph once again as an Olympian, this time for his adopted country Australia, where he began to eke out a new life.

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