Spinner: A Novel
David Donald is a 12-year-old boy with an amazing bowling arm. He’s a spinner who becomes the stuff of legend. His guardian, Uncle Michael, is also a spinner – a great Australian bullshit artist, a shyster and mythmaker.
It’s between the wars. It’s the glory days of cricket. Together, David and Michael will rout the English and reveal more than a little about the shaping of the Australian psyche.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘… a sparkling novel with serious overtones and tantalising glimpses of real-life history.’ Adelaide Advertiser
‘Even if you don’t like cricket and you’re not sure if this book will appeal to you – stick with me here. I don’t care for the game yet this book has managed to find a cosy little spot in my heart.’ Australian Women Online
‘… you don’t have to be a cricket fan to enjoy this delightful story about how an unsophisticated boy makes his mark in a world of men.’ Launceston Examiner
‘The perfect book for the summer. Howzat?’ The West Australian
‘This is a great yarn …’ The Age
‘Delightful tale that mixes a little magic with some recognisable cricket characters and history.’ Herald Sun
‘So beautifully written is Spinner it makes me feel as if I am reading a true story.’ The Canning Examiner’
‘Ron Elliott’s writing about cricket is brilliant – detailed but clear lively and interesting.’ Reading Time
‘… all the ingredients to ensure it will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. Some of the twists in the story are heart-rending while others provide thought-provoking moments.’ The Senior