One of Australia's best loved writers, William McInnes makes us laugh, cry and grab life with both hands.
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 find, 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.
Marvellous reading - Woman's Day
Entertaining - West Australian
A book about a lot more than cricket And even though you laugh out loud, you recognise something real. - The Age
Big-hearted novel with character, leaving the reader with the urge to stand up and cheer. - Sunday Telegraph
An affectionate, gentle and touching tribute to cricket and blokes who play it for love, not money. - Adelaide Advertiser
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 - Sydney Morning Herald
William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular writers and actors. His books include the bestselling memoirs A Man's Got to Have a Hobby and That'd Be Right. In 2012 his book Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his wife, Sarah Watt, was named the best non-fiction title in the ABIA and Indie Awards.
Also an award-winning actor and best known for his leading roles in Blue Heelers, SeaChange, Total Control and The Newsreader, William has won two Logies and two AFI/AACTA Awards for Best Actor in the film Unfinished Sky and Best Supporting Actor in The Newsreader.
William grew up in Queensland and lives in Melbourne.