Title: Rules of Backyard Cricket, The Author: SERONG JOCK Format: PAPERBACK Publication date: 01/08/2016 Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHERS Price: $30.00 Publishing status: Active
"It starts in a suburban backyard with Darren Keefe and his older brother, sons of a fierce and gutsy single mother. The endless glow of summer, the bottomless fury of contest. All the love and hatred in two small bodies poured into the rules of a made-up game. Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. No surprise that he becomes an Australian sporting star of the bad-boy variety:one of those men who's always got away with things and just keeps getting. Until the day we meet him, middle aged, in the boot of a car. Gagged, cable-tied, a bullet in his knee. Everything pointing towards a shallow grave. The Rules of Backyard Cricket is a novel of suspense in the tradition of Peter Temple's Truth. With glorious writing harnessed to a gripping narrative, it observes celebrity, masculinity:humanity:with clear-eyed lyricism and exhilarating narrative drive."
Gleebooks review: Brothers Darren and Wally, sons of a single mother, whose skill at backyard cricket ultimately propels them into the professional game are chalk and cheese. The upstanding Wally eventually becomes captain of the Australian test team while Darren likes a drink and a smoke too much to realise his potential. The book opens with a literally kneecapped Darren tied up in the boot of a car travelling out of Melbourne. As he is driven to his ignominious ending, Darren ruminates over the events that led to the situation in which he now finds himself. Written with mastery and humour, this is a quintessentially Australian novel. (Morgan)
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