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Jock Serong on The Rules of Backyard Cricket
Jock Serong on The Rules of Backyard Cricket

The Rules of Backyard Cricket is a book about two brothers growing up in the backstreets of Footscray in the 70s. It is about their rise to fame in the sporting world and how they are shaped, for better or worse, by their experiences. It is about childhood, family, ambition and masculinity and it is a beautifully written page-turner that holds you in thrall.  


Jock Serong’s debut Quota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. The Rules of Backyard Cricket takes his writing to a new level.

Father’s Day
Father’s Day

Sunday 4 September is Father’s Day! Treat your dad with one of these great reads, recommended by the Texters.  


And don’t forget to brush up on the knock-knock jokes and have a few of his favourite treats hidden in the back of the pantry.

The Weekly Chill
The Weekly Chill

A weekly wrap-up of news, reviews and goings-on at Text.  


The week started—because we like to start the week here on a Friday—with the wonderful news that Vikki Wakefield’s Inbetween Days was named an Honour Book in the CBCA Awards for Older Readers. Congratulations, Vikki! 

A Memoir of Mothers and Daughters
A Memoir of Mothers and Daughters

In her captivating new memoir, I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, Nadja Spiegelman explores the lives of her family through four generations of women. She examines their dissonant memories to get to the unsettling heart of experiences that have shaped them all.  


Sheila Heti describes it as ‘witty, tender, assured and poetic...unexpected symmetries between the generations, as well as the inevitable insults and pains, make this artful memoir feel like the story of every family.’