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The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong
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bookshelves: australia, fiction-contemporary, fiction-thriller, sport

This is a terrific read, gripping from start to finish. It describes the rise and fall of brothers who become two of the leading Australian cricketers. Serong says that the characters are not based on real cricketers, but he writes with an insider's authority. The events are almost completely believable apart from some unlikely twists that stretch credulity.

The main characters Darren and Walley Keefe could almost parallel the Waugh twins - one dour and professional, the other a maverick. Serong extends the differences in personalities for the Keefe brothers, one becoming more of a Shane Warne character and the other a seemingly dour Bradman.

The book takes us inside the cosseted world of the elite sportsmen - the hangers on, the corruption, the drugs, the media circus, the betting - as well as the excitement of the brothers progress from child prodigies to national figures.

The writing is of a high standard. Each chapter commences with a short update of Darren's current predicament and then goes chronologically through the series of events which led the brothers to their current impasse. There are well delineated supporting characters, which add colour and credibility to the story.

Recommended, especially if you are or were into cricket and like a rollicking thriller.

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Reading Progress

July 18, 2018 – Started Reading
July 26, 2018 – Shelved
July 26, 2018 – Shelved as: australia
July 26, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction-contemporary
July 26, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction-thriller
July 26, 2018 – Shelved as: sport
July 26, 2018 – Finished Reading

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