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) who has just written his 40th book. Will accept writing commissions with reasonable pay. Among his most recent books are George Giffen: A Biography, The Towns: 100 Years of Glory 1919-2018, Joe Darling: Cricketer, Farmer, Politician and Family Man (with Graeme Ryan) and The MCC Official Ashes Treasures (5th edition).


  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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