Almanac Book Cover 2016: May I be ever so humble…

Put me on the cover.  I write long, rambling columns that occasionally reference football, I have cool hair, read William Faulkner for fun, got a shedload of bootlegs, Rolling Stones in Perth ’73, f’rinstance, two clothes racks full of great shirts and an alarming lack of hand/eye co-ordination for someone who loves motorbiking at 120mph down some distant country road.


Sometimes generous, I’d be honoured to share the cover with six or eight other Almanac writers.  Or forget about me altogether, go with pix of three or four of the best writers, start with Jan and Book and a Victorian era typewriter.


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About Earl O'Neill

Freelance gardener, I've thousands of books, thousands of records, one fast motorcycle and one gorgeous smart funny sexy woman. Life's pretty darn neat.


  1. Neil Anderson says

    My we ever be even humbler, the group shot of the Almanackers at the book launch last year would be appropriate for the cover. A celebration of ten years of the Almanac and an illustration of why the book exists in the first place.
    Perhaps JTH in the centre as a sort of Sun-god figure hovering above his fellow writers.

  2. Jamie Simmons says

    Earl, though I’m not certain you;ll get your suggestion over the line (the likes of Betts and Bartel could prove stiff opposition), that doesn’t mean to say that I don’t love it.
    I’m thinking a Jamie Cooper “Team of the Century” style painting featuring Almanackers in trademark poses like: putting out the bins, asking the wife for pocket money or falling asleep on the tram.

  3. Neil Anderson says

    Perhaps a picture of the wives finding their husbands late at night at their computers thinking they are watching porn, only to discover they are checking out comments on the Almanac site. Suddenly realizing their spouses really do have a problem.

  4. we could recreate the “love for Dimma” shot – 8 senior writers surrounding JTH.

    except this time it would be sincere.

  5. Or Almanac writers dressed as dogs, playing billiards.

  6. Earl O'Neill says

    You’ve nailed it Mickey.

  7. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Further to Mickey’s suggestion, who is volunteering to pose as the pantsless footy player scratching their left cheek?

  8. Neil Anderson says

    Really like the proposed Cistine Chappell look. Otherwise if we be ever so humble, a group shot of Almanacker Bulldog supporters.

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