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Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek?

Now that the cricketer who dominated airwaves and headlines for twenty years has turned full-time celebrity, his sporting conquests and controversies are receding into the past. But what was it like to watch Warne at his long peak, the man of a thousand international wickets, the incarnation of Australian audacity and cheek?

Gideon Haigh lived and loved the Warne era, when the impossible was everyday, and the sensational every other day. In On Warne, he relives the highs, the lows, the fun and the follies. Drawing on interviews conducted with Warne over the course of a decade, and two decades of watching him play, Haigh assesses this greatest of sportsmen as cricketer, character, comrade, newsmaker and national figure – a natural in an increasingly regimented time, a simplifier in a growingly complicated world. The result is a whole new way of looking at Warne, at sport, and at Australia.

Winner: 2013 Jack Pollard Literary Award (Australian Cricket Society), & the 2013 UK Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year

'The Bradman of cricket writing spins us a yarn with deftness, skill and intrigue.' Sunday Telegraph (UK)

'Brilliantly incisive but also affectionate . . . Packed with insight and interpretation.' Peter Pierce, Weekend Australian

'Gideon Haigh's slim, elegant book On Warne has its own kind of confidence . . . Haigh is an excellent essayist.' Ed Smith New Statesman

'Haigh writes as poetically as Warne bowled . . . simply irresistible. A fabulous read.' Ken Piesse, Universal's Summer Cricket Tour Guide 2012-13

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143569176

    November 20, 2013

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    224 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781742534701

    October 24, 2012

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2013
    Winner
  • 2013
    Australian Cricket Society Jack Pollard Literary Award
    Winner
  • 2013
    The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year
    Winner
  • 2013
    The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year
    Winner
  • 2013
    Australian Book Industry Awards
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Australian Book Industry Awards
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Victorian Premier's Literary Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Victorian Premier's Literary Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2014
    Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
    Shortlisted
  • 2014
    Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
    Shortlisted
  • 2014
    National Biography Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2014
    National Biography Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2015
    Melbourne Prize for Literature
    Shortlisted
  • 2015
    Melbourne Prize for Literature
    Shortlisted

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End of the Road?: Penguin Special
The Deserted Newsroom: Penguin Special
The Office
Spheres Of Influence
The Vincibles
The Ashes 2009
Inside Out
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Asbestos House
The Tencyclopedia
The Uncyclopedia
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