Tortured Tales of a Collingwood Tragic by James Gilchrist:

James Gilchrist will be speaking at the ECCC Sportsnight on the 25th October. Details here.


Tortured Tales of a Collingwood Tragic is the story of one boy’s struggle to become a man despite the pain of drawn grand-finals, boundary-line incidents, the schoolyard taunts of Carlton-loving scumbags and even the awkwardness of coming to terms with his own supporters.



”A little Nick Hornby, a little Frank McCourt, a lot of the glorious irrationality of life as a football fan, effortlessly realised.”


Greg Baum


“Gilchrist’s tale, a boys-eye view of growing up a fan in a small country town is laugh out loud funny in places, cringe-inducing in others.”


Herald-Sun Weekend Books


“Gilchrist takes us through a Collingwood fan’s journey into Magpie hell and back again. It describes a wonderful affliction, a vital madness. Hang your scarf out the window and enjoy the ride.”


Paul Daffey


“You can feel the passion with every word. The best Collingwood story I’ve put my hands on.”



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