AN­GUS FON­TAINE

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Af­ter a shock re­turn to the pool, Grant Hack­ett sat down with reg­u­lar GQ scribe, Fon­taine, to talk about the Olympian’s tur­bu­lent ca­reer (p50). “Grant’s had a life of dizzy­ing highs and desul­tory lows,” says Fon­taine. “He’s a fab­u­lous ath­lete and a fal­li­ble man – I ad­mired his trust and hope we earned it, too.”

IT’S A GREAT YARN. ANY MEM­O­RABLE IN­TER­VIEWS THAT DIDN’T GO SO WELL?

Too many to men­tion. Let’s just say if Nick Cave or Chris­tian Bale have a Christ­mas card list, I wouldn’t be on it.

THEIR LOSS. AND A FAVOURITE?

Prob­a­bly James Brown. He leapt straight on the call, talk­ing high-grade jive and then af­ter 15 min­utes he hung up. I never asked a sin­gle ques­tion.

ANY WRIT­ING PET PEEVES?

The phrase ‘such is life’. It’s the lazi­est write-off, dis­claimer or segue. It’s also a mis­quote – Ned’s fi­nal words were: ‘Ah well, I guess it has come to this.’

MORE BAD NEWS FOR BEN COUSINS, THEN. WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU READ AND RE­ALLY LOVED?

Martin Flana­gan’s The Last Quar­ter – footy sto­ries told with op­er­atic sweep.

BEST WRIT­ING AD­VICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

Write the story like you’re telling it to some­one in a pub.

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