Cricket's fastest ever bowlers on bouncers, batsmen and serious pace
by Rodney Hogg & Jon Anderson
Ever since Mitchell Johnson and his mighty moustache struck fear into the English Ashes team, the cricketing world has been buzzing about fast bowling.
Now Rodney Hogg and Jon Anderson get up close with the greatest quicks in cricket history. In seventeen extended interviews – from Frank Tyson to Brett Lee, Sir Wes Hall to Shoaib Akhtar and Jeff Thomson to Allan Donald – Speed Thrills sets out to trace the journeys and plot the psychology behind the most ferocious speedsters to have graced the world stage.
The Tune, the Times, the Tragedy
by Trevor Conomy
‘Down Under’ made Men at Work the biggest band on the planet in the early 1980s. The band split soon after, but ‘Down Under’ never stopped working. It became an unofficial national anthem, and was as unstoppable as the fried-out Kombi of its opening line.
Decades later, ABC’s Spicks and Specks innocently revealed a similarity between the song’s flute riff and an old nursery rhyme about a laughing Kookaburra. It sparked an epic legal stoush that shook the music world and will forever be associated with tragedy.
by Michael Sexton & Neil Sachse
At 24, Neil Sachse was an Aussie Rules star on the rise. The burly South Australian had torn through the ranks to become one of the most sought-after players in the country. Then, in only his second game in the top flight, playing for Footscray, a front-on collision left Neil a quadriplegic.
It remains the most catastrophic injury to any player in the history of the VFL/AFL competition. However, it’s not the injury, but what Neil went on to achieve that has come to define him.
It Happened in a Holden
Edited by Paddy O'Reilly
The hugely popular It Happened in a Holden has been reformated and this edition is now only $19.99!
The Holden was the first car designed for Australia, rolling into our lives in 1948. Since then it has been rooted firmly in the Australian psyche. Holden models have defined generations. The FJ, the EH, the Torana, the Kingswood panel van, the Monaro, the ute – the name of each model is like a tuning fork for eras of Australian family, city and bush life.
Almost every Australian has a Holden story. They are funny, sad, ridiculous, moving, and sometimes lurid.