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  • Published: 28 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742530987
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
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Best on Ground: Great Writers on the Greatest Game


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From the Dockers to the Doggies, every club gets a guernsey – but beyond the team allegiances, this is a book for those who love footy.

'Who do you barrack for?'
Nothing unites or divides people as much as the tribal loyalty of AFL supporters. Combining passion for the game with a talent for words, seventeen writers explore the full range of supporters' emotions, from the fervour of a convert to the weariness of the long-term sufferer, the guilt of the turncoat to the joy of the flag-winner.
These writers know what it's like to barrack and can always find a good story – and the game itself offers scenarios that are sometimes stranger than fiction. Jean Bedford's return to football might have been prompted by a life-size papier-mache model of Plugger; Sean Gorman remembers only too well when a field umpire unexpectedly took a neat chest mark; and Tony Wilson tried in vain to prolong his playing career with the Hawks by tutoring Shane Crawford in maths.
From the Dockers to the Doggies, every club gets a guernsey – but beyond the team allegiances, this is a book for those who love footy. You'll find more than a little of yourself in the true appreciation these writers have for our national game.

  • Pub date: 28 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742530987
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
Categories:

About the Authors

Peter Corris

Peter Corris’s first novel was published in 1980 and he has been a full-time writer since 1982. Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the Australian crime story was in the hands of writers producing mass market pulp novelettes. Although written in Australia, these stories usually had pseudo American or British settings. Peter Corris is credited with reviving the fully-fledged Australian crime novel with local settings and reference points and with a series character firmly rooted in Australian culture – Cliff Hardy. Peter has written over 40 Cliff Hardy novels. He has won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peter has a Master's degree and a PhD in history. He was literary editor of The National Times from in the 1980s and writes the regular 'Godfather' column and book reviews for the Newtown Review of Books.
He is married to writer Jean Bedford and they have three daughters. He lives in Sydney.

John Dale

John Dale is the author of six books including the best-selling Huckstepp, and Dark Angel which won a Ned Kelly Award. His other books are The Dogs are Barking, a novel about police corruption in Sydney, and Wild Life. He has edited three collections of short fiction including Out West and Car Lovers, and is currently Head of Creative Practices at UTS where he teaches fiction and non-fiction. His latest novel is Leaving Suzie Pye.


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