Almanac Books: New and Recent Releases reviewed on 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.


Updated: 7 November 2023


‘Nicky Winmar: My Story’ by Nicky Winmar with Matthew Hardy


‘Green and Golden Boots: Australia’s Overseas Golden Boot Winners’ – Jason Goldsmith











Stories for Harry & Ray’ – Michael Sexton

















Ashes 2023: A Cricket Classic – Gideon Haigh


The Girl in Cabin 350 – Gideon Haigh


Full Coverage: A History Of Rock Journalism In Australia – Samuel J Fell


Australian Soccer: From The Beginning – Ted Simmons OAM


Summer of Blood – Dave Warner


Tom Wills – Greg de Moore


Football Fans in their own Write… – David Picken


Jack Gibson’s Fur Coat: Rugby League Oddities and Artefacts – Glen Humphries


Rock ‘N’ Roll City: Part Two – Adelaide Babylon – Eric Algra


ClogBall: The Dutch and Soccer in Australia – A Migrant Story – Adam Muyt


Half Death, Completely Mad – Tony Cohen


Don’t Tell Anybody The Secrets I Told You – Lucinda Williams


Celestial Footy: The Story of Chinese Heritage Aussie Rules – Patrick Skene


The Matilda Effect – Fiona Crawford


Be Mine – Richard Ford


The Lancefield Football Club 1873 – 2023 


The Immortals of State of Origin: Ian Hauser


Come In Spinner: A History of Two-Up and it’s Language – Bruce Moore













Football’s Forgotten Years: Reclaiming The AFL Competition’s Earliest Era – 1870 – 1896 – Colin Carter


The Bodyline Fix: How women saved cricket – Marion Stell


King Of The Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution – Aram Goudsouzian


Gentleman Jack: The Jack Crawford Story – Richard Naughton


The SawDust House  – David Whish-Wilson


‘Bush to Buckingham Palace: Crazy adventures of fun-loving Test cricketer Rick Darling’



The Footy Jumper Book – Tim Rath & Andrew Gigacz



Sultan: A Memoir – Wasim Akram with Gideon Haigh



The HAS-BEENS and NEVER-WILL-BEs …’ – Megan Ponsford



Chime – Damian Balassone



The Vo Rogue Show – Lynlea Small



Eddie Betts: The Boy From Boomerang Crescent



The Philosophy Of Modern Song – Bob Dylan



The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present – Paul McCartney



Neil Balme: A Tale of Two Men – Anson Cameron



Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere – Roy Hay



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



Beaumonster – Jesse Dayton



Between The Flags: Making Sense of 57 Years of Heartache – Ian Munro



Hard Wired – Emma Carney 




Socceroos: 100 Years of Camaraderie and Courage



A Football Genius – The Peter Hudson Story – Dan Eddy



The End of the Game – Michael Fiddian



Citrus Bob’s Ashes Diary 2021-22 – Bob Utber



Australia’s Great Depression – Joan Beaumont




The Boy From Birdum – Bill Dempsey with Steve Hawke



Dan Christian: The All Rounder – Dan Christian with Gideon Haigh



Dropbear – Evelyn Araluen




Making Australian History – Anna Clark



Once There Were Wolves – Charlotte McConaghy



how to make a basket – Jazz Money



What Is To Be Done: Political Engagement and Saving the Planet – Barry Jones




Rogue Forces: An Explosive Account of Australian SAS War Crimes in Afghanistan – Mark Willacy




Blood Lust, Trust & Blame – Samantha Crompvoets



An Insider’s plague year – Peter Doherty



Scary Monsters – Michele De Krester



The Artful Dickens: Tricks & Ploys of the Great Novelist – John Mullan




The Luminous Solution: Charlotte Wood




Continuous Creations: Les Murray




Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers, and Drifters on Hydra 1955-1964



A Theatre for Dreamers: Polly Samson




The Night was a Bright Moonlight and I Could See a Man Quite Plain: An Edwardian Cricket Murder – Gideon Haigh




Trigger Warning – Maria Takolander




The Furphy Anthology 2021


Australia’s Game: The History of Australian Football



Games People Played: A Global History of Sport: Wray Vamplew



Rock’N’Roll City: 1978-1983 The Roadrunner Years – Eric Algra



Vanishing Footprints: The Story of Mike McNamara and Herb Hedemann Australia’s Pioneer Ultra Marathon Runners –
Paul Circosta



Victor Richardson: A Great Australian All Round Sportsman – John Lykisatos



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





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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!

  10. Yet somehow we need to cut through into the wider history of this country. It never ceases to amaze me (love the cliche) that reputable historians of Australia still ignore sport and its significance in the national, regional and local stories. I’m just reading Joan Beaumont on the Great Depression in Australia. OK bodyline gets a mention and a pic, but that’s it for sport, despite its salience at national and local levels throughout these ghastly years. I’ll try to get my review completed soon. It is a big, dense book with lots of interesting detail.

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