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  • Published: 20 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143569176
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99
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On Warne




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

  • Published: 20 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143569176
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

About the author

Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist since 1984, and The Momentous, Uneventful Day is his fortieth book. His The Office: a hardworking history won the 2013 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.

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Awards & recognition

Australian Cricket Society Jack Pollard Literary Award

Winner  •  2013  •  Jack Pollard Literary Award

The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year

Winner  •  2013  •  Book of the Year

Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted  •  2013  •  Biography of the Year

Victorian Premier's Literary Award

Shortlisted  •  2013  •  Non-Fiction

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

Shortlisted  •  2014  •  Non-Fiction

National Biography Award

Shortlisted  •  2014  •  Biography of the Year

NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted  •  2014  •  Douglas Stewart Prize

Melbourne Prize for Literature

Shortlisted  •  2015  •  Best Writing Award

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