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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.
  • Lou-My Wonderful Life

    Lou-My Wonderful Life by Lou Richards with Stephen Phillips In celebration of Australian Football legend Lou Richards' immense contribution to the game, and continued services to the sport through his successful media career, the Slattery Media Group is thrilled to publish an updated edition of Lou's memoirs, first released in 1989. With a foreword by Eddie McGuire and a new section looking at the star's major achievements, and 16-pages of photography, My Wonderful Life is a stunning testimony to one of the game's true greats.  
  • JACKSON'S STORY

    Jackson's Story by Dwayne Russell and Donna Gynell brings back their mighty mite of footy, Jackson, in a compendium of Jackson’s Goal and Jackson’s Footy. These two books, published in 2010 and 2011, delighted youngsters all over Australia, and now you can read of Jackson’s pathway from the backyard to his first big game all in one volume—Jackson’s Story.

    Jackson’s Footy

    Jackson loves Australian Football. Above all, he loves his footy. He takes it everywhere. When he’s eating breakfast, when he’s shopping with his grandma, or washing his dog, Jackson’s footy is by his side. But then he starts seeing his footy all over town. The big kids are playing with it, it’s in the sports shop, it’s at the big game, it’s even on television. It’s Jackson’s footy, and it’s everywhere.

    Jackson’s Goal

    Jackson is back in this delightful follow-up to Jackson’s Footy! Jackson loves Australian Football and he practises his skills in the backyard all through the day. He dodges and handballs, tackles and kicks the footy, all under the watchful eye of mum. When Jackson makes the team, he is so excited to be playing his first game of football. And what a game it turns out to be!
  • 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.  
  • MICK AND THE CLEANER

    Mick and the Cleaner is the story that began in Launceston in February 2011