Cricket Kings: A Novel
Chris Andersen loves cricket. He may not be a legend like Bradman or Boonie, but in the Yarraville West Fourths, Chris Andersen is king. He is the captain, the coach, the manager and, thankfully, a player. They are getting hard to fine, players. Every Saturday in summer Chris ropes together a motley team of men and a couple of boys to turn up in their cricket whites to try and win a game. Everyone has a different reason for being there: to hear the music from a nearby house, a block out the memories of another place, to be entertained, to please their dad, or just to have a go. And everyone has a story to tell.
Step into the lives of a team of regular middle-aged men who meet each week to play cricket in their local park. They don't seem to be extraordinary - they are just like the rest of us - but like everyone, they each have a story to tell
'A big-hearted novel with character, leaving the reader with the urge to stand up and cheer' - Sunday Telegraph 'A tender book, imbued with sentiment rather than sentimentality' - Sunday Age 'A unique piece of work that brings alive a suburb and a game that are both part of the national psyche' - Sunday Morning Herald 'Marvellous reading' - Woman's Day 'A book about a lot more than cricket...And even though you laugh out loud, you recognise something real' - Age 'An affectionate, gentle and touching tribute to cricket and blokes who play it for love, not money' - Adelaide Advertiser
William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular stage and screen actors. His leading roles in Sea Change and Blue Heelers have made him a household name. He has been nominated for numerous stage and screen awards, and has won a Variety Club Drama Award and two Logie awards for Most Outstanding Actor.