SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - A Suburban Philosophy (Book only)

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SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - A Suburban Philosophy (Book only)


SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - A Suburban Philosophy (Book only)

Sportsman Of The Year - A Suburban Philosophy is Jan Hellriegel's 4th studio album, with a unique twist: it is also a beautifully produced book with photos and 12 chapters based on the new songs. She describes Sportsman of the Year as a ‘musical in a book’. The book grew out of her album project when Jan realised the songs were taking a more philosophical, personal direction. She decided to share some stories in parallel with the music, each informed by the other. Includes access to high quality music files. Jan says Sportsman of the Year is about finally arriving at a place where she can look back at failures, disappointments and rejections with a sense of accomplishment and pride, knowing that without them she wouldn't be doing what she is today. It is about following your dreams, and never giving up.

198 x 129 mm , 220 pages

Music, Wellbeing, Philosophy


Jan Hellriegel is a New Zealand songwriter, performer, producer, music publisher, business owner, mother, suburban philosopher, prolific social media commentator and, now, writer. She is also a passionate advocate for local music artists and the protection of their works and rights, and a noted music copyright expert. This is her first book.



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You’re one of my heroes Jan. May this music you make never stop. May you take your time and make it your own way always. Oblivious to trends, uninterested in genre or gender or tropes or trolls. Just making it as you can. Just making it work. Doing the work. Delivering.  Here then, Ms. Hellriegel, until the next time, is your new career-best.  Here then, dear listener, now and for a long time to come, is your new favourite album.  

 - Simon Sweetman 

 "Sportsman of the Year is stunning. Hearing if for the first time was unexpectedly emotional. Knowing how much Jan has gone through to be heard, I had tears and goosebumps. " 

 - Vicki Anderson

First published in Aotearoa, New Zealand, 2019 by  

Seahorse Swim Limited, PO Box 47703, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144, New Zealand

 © Janette Hellriegel 2019

All lyrics reprinted courtesy of Songbroker

Other than where indicated, all photos and quotes are the author’s own 

Cataloguing in Publication Data: Title: Sportsman Of The Year – A Suburban Philosophy 

ISBN: 978-0-473-46197-3

Subjects: Music, Wellbeing, Philosophy

All photographs © Janette Hellriegel except where indicated 

Graphic design and book layout by Katie Kerr

Proofreading and editing by Carolyn D’Ath

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without prior permission of the publisher and artist.

Printed and bound in New Zealand by Soar Printing

First printing 2019