Sports

  • Coleman Revised
    John Coleman was a spectacular and record-breaking, premiership full-forward for Essendon. He later returned to coach the Bombers to two more flags. But, both his playing career and his life were cut tragically short. Over the past forty years, the myth has grown – but mysteries have remained. Now it's time to discover the truth in Coleman - The Untold Story of an AFL Legend.
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    THE MODERN MELBOURNE CUP

    The Melbourne Cup is 152 years old and The Modern Melbourne Cup explores the changes in the race over the past 20 years.  These change have been the most significant in its history. No longer is it ‘the race that stops a nation’—now it’s the race that captivates the world. This book covers Irishman Dermot Weld’s ground-breaking win with Vintage Crop; the change in philosophy of the champion local trainers Bart Cummings and Lee Freedman; the French connection; Luca Cumani’s lament; the Sheikh’s quest; the growing influence of the Europeans; the demise of the Kiwis, and the amazing story of Dunaden. It is an in-depth study of the effects of the global interest in Australia’s greatest race, featuring narratives from the key players. Paperback.  144 pages.
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    THE FIRST LIONS OF RUGBY

    On the eve of the British & Irish Lions Australian tour in June 2013, renowned rugby writer Sean Fagan brings to life the dramatic story of The First Lions of Rugby—22 young footballers who embarked on a high-risk, non-sanctioned tour of Australia in 1888. A haunting tale of tragedy and triumph, The First Lions of Rugby tells the story of the remarkable team which changed rugby forever. Across 54 matches, the young Lions battled it out against the best rugby teams Australia and New Zealand had to offer. Then, in a forgotten chapter of sports history, they turned their prodigious football talent to Australian Rules, taking on the top clubs of Melbourne and Adelaide, and stepping into the middle of a ‘code war’ for national ascendancy. However, the tour was marred by tragedy when a boat accident claimed the life of the team’s captain, Bob Seddon. Despite their grief, the team rallied to continue the tour, encouraged by messages of support from across Australia. Having departed England in controversial circumstances, the Lions returned home bathed in glory as trailblazers and visionaries. A stoic lot, the team had overcome adversity to set down the foundations for a wonderful tradition—the rare but special event of a British & Irish Lions tour. On the 125-year anniversary of that inaugural tour, The First Lions of Rugby describes in great detail and perspective one of the most enthralling events in sports history. Paperback.  304 pages.
  • FIND THE FOOTY

    Travel around the world and you will find 100s of footys in famous places in Find the Footy. Can you spot the footballs hidden among a host of famous landmarks and locations around the world? You might think the distinctive oval-shaped ball would be impossible to miss, but this colourful activity book will keep kids searching as they try to find the carefully concealed footys. This fun activity book has been endorsed by footy favourite Dipper (Robert DiPierdomenico), who says: "I wish I was a kid again", this book is a ripper. Find the Footy is a great book for the kids to keep them busy during the holidays.
  • MICK AND THE CLEANER

    Mick and the Cleaner is the story that began in Launceston in February 2011.  Battling horse trainer Mick Burles and a gelding called The Cleaner began their racetrack journey that was to make its mark on the landscape of the Australian turf. The Cleaner, bought two years earlier at a yearling sale for just $10,000 by three of Burles’ golfing mates when the trainer didn’t have the money himself, finished 13th in a field of 14 maidens. The first-up flop went on to win 19 of his 54 races for Burles and earn more than $1.3 million in prize money. Much loved as battlers in a world of bluebloods, Mick and The Cleaner would gather a cult-like following, with fanfare at a frenzy in 2014 when the horse Mick called Bill became the first Tasmanian-trained runner in the Cox Plate. By the time their partnership ended just over a year (and another run in the Cox Plate) later, the two underdogs were national identities, with some likening the partnership to that of Tommy Woodcock and the legend Phar Lap. In December 2015, Mick’s world was torn apart when the same friends who stepped in to buy the horse when Burles didn’t have “10 grand”, sacked him.  They removed The Cleaner from the stables that he had called home for close to seven years. In Mick and The Cleaner, the remarkable rise of the two unlikely heroes, and all the facts of how and why this pair were split, is exclusively revealed.
  • SOCCERUFUS AND THE BIG DEBUT

    Soccerufus and the Big Debut is an exciting and humorous tale about an unlikely young sporting hero who learns that you don’t have to be a natural to love and enjoy the great game of soccer.  This book is full of soccer tips and drills from Aussie soccer superstar Archie Thompson, as well as Adrian Beck’s quirky cartoons and a collection of soccer jokes to impress your friends. Rufus’ new school is abuzz when world record breaking former Socceroo Archie Thompson visits to hold a soccer clinic. 11-year-old Rufus’ passion for the game is ignited the moment he scores his first ever goal and Archie gives him the nickname, ‘Soccerufus’. But Rufus still feels guilty about a big mistake he made at his old school that forced his whole family to move from the country to the sprawling suburb of Bayview. He knows his goal at Archie’s clinic was a fluke and he’s worried that he’ll let everyone down if he joins the school team. A great book for all those young soccer fans, with some great tips from Australia's soccer legend Archie Thompson.