Almanac Book Release – ‘The Big O: the life and times of Olsen Filipaina’ by Patrick Skene



Today marks the Australian release of Patrick Skene’s first book, The Big O: the life and times of Olsen Filipaina’ (Auckland; Upstart Press, 2020). RRP $39.99


As part of the promotional campaign for the book, Olsen has given interviews on both sides of ‘The Ditch’, including with the ABC’s Andrew Moore and Newstalk’s Martin Devlin. Patrick shared the story with Cooper Cronk, Nathan Hindmarsh and Hannah Hollis on Foxsports.  You can also take in two league podcasts – The Progressive Rugby League Podcast and Rugby Reloaded with the grandmaster of rugby league and union history, Tony Collins.




The Big O is available at all leading bookstores or can be ordered online at


Patrick Skene and Olsen Filipaina


You can read the backstory to Patrick’s book by clicking here.
The Footy Almanac
will publish its review of Patrick’s book on Tuesday 2nd June.


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  1. Patrick, to my own best wishes I add those of the Almanac crew and community on the release of ‘The Big O’, a significant contribution to understanding both Olsen and the phenomenon of the Pacific Revolution. To Almanac readers, regardless of the code you follow, do yourself a favour and buy a copy to learn about and appreciate an important cultural shift in Australian sport.

  2. Patrick Skene says

    Thanks Ian – It’s been quite a journey and I’m a proud Footy Almanac alumni!

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