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 and SeaChange, William has won two Logies and an AFI Award for Best Actor in the film Unfinished Sky. He recently starred in the TV dramas Deep Water and Rake.
William grew up in Queensland and lives in Melbourne with his two children.