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The Rules of Backyard Cricket by [Serong, Jock]
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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.

The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong, while classified as ‘crime’, is a compelling literary novel dissecting toxic sporting culture and its fallout.’ Paddy O’Reilly, Australian Book Review, 2016 Books of the Year

The Rules of Backyard Cricket got the thumbs up from everyone.’ Favourite Fiction for 2016, Avenue Bookstore

‘Blow me down if I didn’t hang on every word.’ Clare Wright, Best Books of 2016, Australian  

‘One of the great novels written about sport…Delicious. It’s the top read of the summer.’ Stuff.co.nz

The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong, while classified as ‘crime’, is a compelling literary novel dissecting toxic sporting culture and its fallout.’ Paddy O’Reilly, Best Books of 2016, Australian Book Review 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2036 KB
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (29 August 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FPQQKTS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Jim KABLE TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 March 2017
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This book feels like one is reading the fastest delivery by Dennis Lillee - the underbelly of the big sporting game - no matter the sport - at first grade level - all corruption and public image! Brilliant. Bravo, Jock Serong!
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“Sport goes to the heart of everything. If you can reach inside it and f*** with its innards, you’re actually messing with society . . . Bigger than drugs. Bigger than hookers and porn, because people shy away, they can smell the desperation. But the same people will go on consuming sport long after they know it’s rotten to the core. They’re insatiable.”

It could be any sport, but this is Melbourne and this is cricket. You've probably heard, when someone cheats, “But that’s not cricket!” meaning that’s not honourable. Cricket is supposed to have high standards. And I’m sure cricket tragics (die-hard fans) like to think it still does.

I enjoyed it in spite of all the cricket. You can skim the hit-by-hit details because Serong is such an accomplished writer and story-teller that anything important to the story is made clear. I’ve sat through enough televised cricket (while I read) that I have some understanding, but the sports story is universal. The lugging of equipment, the time spent away from home, the patience or otherwise of family and friends. The perks, the downsides.

As kids, Wally and Darren Keefe were typical rough-and-tumble brothers, close in age and passionate about cricket. They spent every waking hour practicing in the backyard until they could try out for the local clubs.

Darren narrates the story, beginning from the boot of a car where he’s battered, bound, and gagged, on his way to certain doom. He’s obviously crossed somebody big-time.

“To my sad surprise, whether you’re crawling home from Christmas with the aunts, or waiting to be shot dead and incinerated by gangsters, the Geelong Road turns out to be just as boring.
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As a woman in her seventies who has no patience at all for cricket I absolutely enjoyed this book. Lots of cricket references but this does not take away from the journey of this Aussie larrikin. A great engaging journey. Along the lines of William McInnes and the writer of "The Rake" series.
If you have a cricket fan in the family they must read this too. Just ordered his other book to read too.
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A good little Australian yarn. Runs along at a decent pace with a decent if not a little predictable twist in its tail.
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