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Jock Serong’s THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET


Darren recounts his childhood growing up with Wally; their epic battles in the backyard and their rise through Australia’s cricket ranks. Wally is a stoic, stubborn opening batsmen who accumulates his runs without ever giving the opposition a sniff of getting him out. While Darren is the more brash, younger brother, taking risks and entertaining the crowd. These traits are reflected in each brother off the field. Wally, the more responsible and sensible, is quickly elevated to the Test team and then it’s captaincy while settling down to start a family. Darren, meanwhile,  is the larrikin everyone loves to watch and wants to know who flits from scandal to controversy on and off the field. All the while moving closer to his possibly imminent end inside the boot of a car.

This is one of the funnest crime novels I’ve read in years and is definitely the cricket/crime novel I never knew I wanted to read. This is going to be THE book for summer. Perfect for reading in front of the cricket itself.

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ISBN: 9781925355215 ISBN-10: 1925355217 Classification: Fiction & related items » Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) Format: Paperback (234mm x 153mm x 26mm) Pages: 304 Imprint: The Text Publishing Company Publisher: Text Publishing Co Publish Date: 29-Aug-2016 Country of Publication: Australia

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