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August 2015

Speed Thrills

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.

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August 2015

Down Under

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.

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August 2015

Playing On

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.

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July 2015

The Suppository of All Wisdom

by Andrew Thompson
Cartoons by Andrew Weldon

Inspired by Tony Abbott’s immortal verbal overreach, The Suppository of All Wisdom is a hilarious, fully illustrated guide to the words and expressions we most often mangle, muck up and just don’t quite understand.

You’ll be amazed at how many
supposably well-educated speakers make mistakes – from schoolteachers, to newsreaders, to Rhodes Scholar prime ministers. Too often the misinformed flaunt the rules, and that’s a travesty. In one foul swoop, this book will make you sound smarter. It is the ultimate grammar guide, literally awesome, and begs the question: why not buy two?

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