Mar 072015

Pan Macmillan Australia

As AFL fans across the country wait impatiently for the new season to kick off next month here’s a little something from Pan Macmillan to keep you busy while you count down:

Game Day

The ruckmen face off over the centre circle and for a moment everything is frozen possibility: players, umpire, the ball suspended overhead, the softly clouded sky. Everything except the fans, a circus beyond the stillness. Then the ball swings down and cracks it all open.’

The new draft pick, the tired has-been, the up-and-comer, the might-have-been. The talent scout, the coach on the edge, the beleaguered umpire, the concerned medic. The number-one fan, the lifetime members, the desperate gamblers. The footballers’ mums, the WAGs, the groupies. The tags, the rivals, the sledging. The pressure.

Mick Reece and Jake Dooley, best mates since childhood, began their first professional season playing AFL with little notion of what they’re getting into or the complexity of the beast that the game must feed.

In Game Day (RRP $29.99) Miriam Sved brings this beast into the light over the course of one season of Aussie Rules. Revelling in their battles, their victories and their relentless interdependence, Game Day asks whether what unites the true believers is stronger than what divides them, and if love of the game can transcend our flaws and imperfections to result in something beautiful.

To find out more about Game Day by Miriam Sved, published by Pan Macmillan, and to order a copy online visit

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jan 192015

Penguin Australia

We decided to extend our quick trip to Melbourne for the Bloggers BBQ and turn it into a fun family weekend away by spending two nights at our favourite holiday park in The Grampians: Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park. Instead of blogging and answering emails we are enjoying the beautiful scenery, exploring the mountains, admiring the wildlife and going for a splash in the pool, it’s the perfect mini-holiday. If you’ve come to read today’s hip find here’s a quick and simple giveaway for the boys (and girls, before I get in trouble!):

Walk Tall

Walk Tall (RRP $16.99) is a special younger readers’ edition of the Jim Stynes autobiography My Journey, adapted by Warwick Green. Part football autobiography and part coming-of-age story, Walk Tall is an inspirational and unforgettable account of a man who continues to inspire through his life and his legacy. If you have a young AFL fan at home this¬†tribute to one of the biggest Australian AFL legends of all time would make a fantastic read.

There were men in strange jerseys on the TV, running around with some kind of rugby ball.
I turned to my father. ‘What’s this, then, Dad?’
He looked up from his paper. ‘Australian football.’
What’s the big deal about that? I thought.

Jim Stynes My JourneyAt first, Jim Stynes didn’t understand Australian football at all. But once he accepted the challenge to play, there was no stopping him. Jim never took the easy road, on or off the football field. He pushed himself, and he worked hard to help others realise their potential. In this special younger readers’ edition of his bestselling autobiography My Journey, Jim Stynes shares his early life as a knockabout kid growing up in Ireland, his move to Australia as a teenager and his rise to football stardom, with all the trials and tribulations along the way.

To find out more about Walk Tall by Jim Stynes and Warwick Green, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit

a Rafflecopter giveaway