Almanac Book Reviews: Fabulous Phil (Matt Watson)

Bernard Whimpress has recently reviewed Matt Watson’s Fabulous Phil for The Newtown Review of Books.

Fabulous Phil is a warts-and-all biography (as it needs to be) and a well-rounded portrait of its subject, containing elements of pathos as Carman’s life (and football) begins to unravel in Victorian country leagues before a welcome recovery coaching in Adelaide where his major football began.”

You can read the full review here

About Bernard Whimpress

Freelance historian (mainly sport) currently writing his 20th book. For the previous 15 years was Curator of the Adelaide Oval Museum and Historian for the South Australian Cricket Association. Will accept writing commissions with reasonable pay. Most recent books - The MCC Official Ashes Treasures and The Greatest Ashes Battles.


  1. bernard whimpress says

    I guess no comment means everyone agrees with my arguments. I’m pretty chuffed about that.

  2. I did enjoy the review, Bernard.
    But I reckon that Barry Cable was coaching my Roo boys when Fab Phil arrived.

  3. bernard whimpress says

    Thanks Smokie. Happy to acknowledge I ain’t perfect.

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