If he hadn't gone to prison, Terry Jenner believes he'd be dead today. Sentenced to six-and-a-half years' jail for embezzlement, Jenner was so addicted to gambling, he'd lost grip on his own life.
He was desperate and distracted, and leading a double life of deceit and lies.His exploits with Ian Chappell's world champion Australian cricket team of the '70s were but a blur when the jail door slammed. "You'll find out who your #%*@ing friends are now Jenner," said a prison head.
Jenner survived his crisis, serving 18 months before being released on home detention, stronger and wiser for the toughest experiences of his life.
T.J. Over The Top is a riveting story of a sport loving larrikin kid from the West Australian bush who defied protocol and authority to become Australia's No.1 spin bowler.
Few were to topple from high-profile sport as hard. A failed business and ballooning gambling problems culminated in embezzlement charges which saw his life hit a new low when sentenced in 1988.
He says jail life was tough and at times frightening, but he was able to rebuild his life, re-focus and return to society with his head high.
Now he's a valuable member of the community. His work with charities in Adelaide culminated in the famous invincible tour in 1998, where remaining members of Don Bradman's famous 1948 cricket team were feted at charity dinner from Brisbane to Melbourne.
He's also the No.1 leg-spin coach in the world, the acclaimed mentor to Shane Warne and an in-demand, eloquent after dinner speaker.