Rules of Backyard Cricket, The

by Jock Serong
$29.99

Publisher: The Text Publishing Company

Publication Date: August 29, 2016

ISBN: 9781925355215

Binding: Paperback

Availability: 7-14 Days

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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.