Almanac Books: New and Recent Releases by friends of the Footy Almanac


Recently the Footy Almanac has promoted, previewed and reviewed some new book releases by friends of the Almanac community. Below is a list of some of these publications which all make excellent reading and, of course, wonderful gift ideas.


For information about the the book, click on the title.


Please note, all sales will be undertaken through the writers and their publishers. The books will not be for sale through the Almanac shop.


football belongs: Eight Matches That Explain Australia – John Didulica



Barty: Much More Than Tennis – Ron Reed and Chris McLeod



The One That Got Away: Travelling in the Time of Covid – Ken Haley 




The Magic of Spin: Australia’s Greatest Spin Bowlers – Ashley Mallett


Chance – Andrew Rule



Bradman vs Bodyline – Roland Perry



No Straight Lines – Robyn Black



Not Playing the Game: Sport and Australia’s Great War



Neil Harvey: The Last Invincible – Ashley Mallet




Half A Chicken & Chips – Coodabeen Champions


Gravel and Mud: An Anthology of Football in the Mountains of Western Tasmania – John Carswell, Tony Newport and Chris Carswell




The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt And The Great Australian Dissent – Gideon Haigh




The Last Hurrah: Melbourne Premiers 1964 – Adam Woolcock




Merger: The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996 – William Westerman



 The Furphy Anthology 2020




Heart and Soul: A History of the Lang Lang Football Club 1895 – 2020  – Bob Utber with Lachlan Barwick


The Totem Poles of Ouyen United: Travels in Country Footy – Paul Daffey


The Trials of Jack Broadstock – Michael Sexton 




The Definitive Rulebook: Behind the scenes with SA Sport Stars – Malcolm Ashwood



Crops, People, Money & You – Kate Burke




The Summer of Barry – Michael Sexton




Shelf Life – Gideon Haigh



Not Bad Thanks – Graeme Willingham



George Giffen: A Biography – Bernard Whimpress




On the Premiership Trail – More Travels in Victorian Country Football  by Paul Daffey




Albert “Pompey” Austin: A man between two worlds – Roy Hay




Lament – Nicole Kelly




Fitzroy’s Fabulous Century: The 100 Greatest Victories 1897 – 1996  – Peter Carter




Strange Game in a Strange Land – Damian Balassone




Sacredly Profane – Kevin Densley



State of Origin: 40 Years 1980 – 2019  –Liam Hauser




Flags, Spoons & Knives: An Inside View of the West Adelaide Football Club – Lee Harradine




The Golf Courses of Vern Morcom – Toby Cumming




1989 – Tony Wilson




A view of Australia from fine leg – Craig Dodson




The Big O: The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina  –Patrick Skene




Belief – Dave Warner




Over my Dead Body – Dave Warner




The Comeback Summer – Geoff Lemon




Death in a Matchbox – Steve Rogers




Taking it to the Streets: The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC – Glen Dwyer




Born to Play: The Barry Davis Story – Ken Davis




Essendon Football Club Best and Fairest Players from VFL Days ….told through Footy cards  – Neil Cole and Graeme Dickenson 





The Frank Tarrant Story: Cricket’s Forgotten Pioneer – Mike Coward




The Death of Fitzroy Football Club: The Story of Fitzroy’s demise in the words of the men and women who lost their club – Russel Holmesby




Biff: Rugby league’s infamous fights  – Glen Humphries


The Last Dance: A World of Girls, Go-Gos, Gangs & Giant Waves Murray Walding




The Tigers (Covid) Almanac 2020 will be published in the coming weeks. It will have all the usual features – a game by game account of the Tigers season – and will also include some of the best Almanac writing from the Covid winter.  Pre-order now HERE



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  1. I’d like to thank the Footy Almanac for giving writers such as myself the opportunity to promote our books.
    All the very best to my fellow authors with your Xmas sales.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you to The Footy Almanac for its constant support of writers – and congratulations to all my fellow authors here!

  3. Richard Kane says

    We might also add Tony Wilson’s 1989 and two by Dave Warner. His latest crime novel, Over my Dead Body and his Marlion Pickett bio, Belief.

    Congrats to all Almanacers with books published this year and friends of the Almanac as well!

  4. Congrats fellow authors- unfortunately,Covid has slowed down the arrival of my upcoming book
    ( I admit it’s a weird feeling of satisfaction seeing your name on the front ) my copies will hopefully arrive late,December admittedly frustratingly missing a lot of the x mas sales but that’s life

  5. As fellow Almanacas know, I have written 11 baseball books of which 3 have been published so far. Like Malcolm, I really enjoy seeing my name on the cover of them. However numerous problems with my editor and publisher have resulted in my sending out via email to all interested parties. I’m happy to say we’re sending out numerous emails per week The most rewarding part is the fantastic feedback I’m receiving about them.

  6. Congratulations everyone to have written or created a book.
    I find that amazing.

    Best wishes with your stories.

  7. Daryl Schramm says

    Birthday followed by Christmas coming up. Might have to send the link to a few prospectives.

  8. Congrats to all.
    I have already read of few of those listed.
    Currently enjoying Nicole Kelly’s “Lament”.

  9. Daryl Schramm says

    Now I have three chances. Fathers Day, Anniversary of Birth Day and Christmas Day. I hope at least one comes up trumps!

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