Book Release: Tom Wills by Greg de Moore



A new edition of Greg de Moore’s Tom Wills has been out for a few months! This updated edition of the bestselling and authoritative biography includes additional, brand new research and addresses the most troubling questions surrounding the spectacular, yet tragic life of the fearless leader and flawed genius of Australia’s first great cricketer, who is also often credited with creating the game we now know as Australian Rules football.






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  1. I’m a notoriously slow, impatient reader of anything longer than a few thousand words. Greg’s biography of Tom Wills grabbed me from the outset. Colonial history; child and adolescent psychology; true crime and murder; Indigenous relations (both good and bad); the birth and growth of sports; alcoholism; gambling; greed (on many fronts and forms); and eventually mental illness and suicide.
    Channel 9 should do an Underbelly: The Birth of Footy and Cricket. A reminder that human nature never changes and that gentlemen and revered historical figures (like WG Grace) were never gentlemen in the flesh. Money and gambling were as big a feature of 19th century sport and society as they are today.
    Do yourself a favour – it’s a fabulous read. Entertains, informs and makes you think.

  2. A very fine wrap PB

  3. How does one purchase this book?

  4. Greg de Moore says

    Dear Smokie,

    If you write to me, I will send you a signed copy of the book,

    Greg de Moore

  5. John Harms says

    Hi Greg and others

    PB, I concur with your view.

    I found this book riveting.

    And some of the Melbourne Almanac crew will remember Greg’s after dinner speech at the North Fitzroy Arms – I think after Marius Cuming, Phil Dimitriadis et al had finalised the Tom Wills grave restoration project.

  6. John Harms says

    PS Greg, your Blues are in an interesting position. At last.

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