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Sunnybank Library
Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown Cnr Compton and Calum Rds
Sunnybank Hills, QLD 4109


Welcome to Queensland, 1984. We hope you enjoy your day at the races.

Brisbane, 1984. It all started with a simple plan to secretly swap a mediocre horse with a faster one, and rake in the cash with a few well-placed bets. What could possibly go wrong?

In The Fine Cotton Fiasco, Peter Hoysted and Pat Sheil brilliantly tell the scarcely believable tale of how – through a combination of horrendous mismanagement, terrible judgement and comically bad luck – the scheme gradually unravelled.

How did a horse with white painted socks dripping onto the turf come to hold the hope of punters across Australia and beyond? How was a supposedly secret plan so widely advertised that even the Queensland Commissioner of Police placed a bet? And how much of a cover-up ensued in the aftermath of this absolute debacle?

The story of Fine Cotton is the stuff of Australian legend. It features hardcore crims, likeable rogues and a supporting cast that ranged from the hapless to the hopeless – with some entirely innocent bystanders thrown in for good measure. Not every crazy scheme cooked up by a couple of inmates in Boggo Road Gaol would culminate in a story that will be told across the nation for the next hundred years. But this one did.

Join authors Peter and Pat as they discuss their eye-opening book, The Fine Cotton Fiasco.

Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Peter and Pat to sign.

This event is presented as part of the Lord Mayor’s Writers in Residence series.


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Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/meet-peter-hoysted-and-pat-sheil-sunnybank-hills-library-tickets-79479361911


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