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Can you not like sport and be Australian?

When it comes to sport, Australians are mad. Completely, irrationally insane. It’s the closest thing we have to a culture. From Don Bradman’s singular focus to Steven Bradbury’s heroic not falling over, sport has shaped our sense of self.

But how did we get here? Part history, part social commentary and a lot of nonsense, Titus O’Reily, Australia’s least insightful sports writer, explains.

Covering Australian Rules, League, Union, soccer, cricket, the Olympics and much more, Titus tackles the big topics, like:

· How not to cheat the salary cap
· The importance of kicking people in the shins
· The many shortcomings of the English

Titus takes you through the characters, the pub meetings, the endless acronyms, the corruption and the alarming number of footballers caught urinating in public.

Sport is important – gloriously stupid, but important. To understand Australia you must understand its sporting history. With this guide you sort of, kind of, will.

Reviews

My lawyers have read it and will be in touch

James Hird

Great for short plane trips

Grant Hackett

A percentage of sales goes to my charity

Shane Warne

I can’t remember reading it but it’s possible I have

Robert Allenby

Better than being attacked by a shark but only just

Mick Fanning

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143785217

    October 30, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    336 pages

    RRP $34.99

    Online retailers

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    • QBD
    • Readings
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    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Paperback

    9780143793519

    August 20, 2018

    Penguin

    RRP $22.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781760143589

    October 30, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    336 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • Google Play
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Article
The Origins of Australian Rules

Titus O’Reily shares the story of the first code of laws for Australian Rules Football.

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Sports Talk

Titus O’Reily on the best strategy for navigating conversations about sport.

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