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Written by Sean Gorman and David Whish-Wilson


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‘The State is divided. It’s not life or death, it’s more important.’

So says a poster on Dennis Cometti’s wall – and that’s what David Whish-Wilson and Sean Gorman found when they interviewed 40 fans of the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers.

The book features James Baker, Julie Bishop, Fedele Camarda, Maria Camporeale, Kevin Croon, Jesse Dart, Ron Elliott, Les Everett, Alison Fan, Glenis Freemantle, Maria Giglia, Mark Greenwood, Gaby Haddow, Julie Hoffman, Adrian Hoffman, Greig Johnston, Justin Langer, Deanne Lewis, Dennis Lillee, Lesley the Voodoo Lady, Luc Longley, Alsy Macdonald, Carla Mackesey, Ross McLean, Shaun McManus, Clive Mercer, Ian MacRae, Kia Mippy, Peter Mudie, Jeff Newman, Gillian O’Shaughnessy, Melissa Parke, Parsi, Janet Peters, John Prior, Matt Quinn aka Mr Q, Kim Scott, Glen Stasiuk, Bill Sutherland, Bevan Taylor, David Wirrpanda.

'At last, from footy’s Wild West, a book on one of the must-sees of the Australian football calendar – the Derby!' Martin Flanagan

ISBN 9781925164497 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Sport, Travel & Entertainment
Father's Day 2021
Great Big Book Read Books
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2017
Pages 240
Rights World
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    Sean Gorman

    Sean Gorman has worked in the field of Indigenous history for twenty years. His honours research applied Russian formalist theory to the Murri guerilla poet Lionel Fogarty, while his PhD looked at racism in sport through the story of the Krakouer brothers. His books include Brotherboys (Allen & Unwin, 2005), which was adapted into a play that toured nationally in 2011, and Legends: The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2011). Sean is the Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage review of the AFL’s vilification laws. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University and has previously worked at Murdoch University, ECU’s Kurongkurl Katitjin and the University of Melbourne. Read more

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    David Whish-Wilson

    David Whish-Wilson is the author of seven novels and three creative non-fiction books. He was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, but raised in Singapore, Victoria and Western Australia. He left Australia aged 18 to live for a decade in Europe, Africa and Asia, where he worked as a barman, actor, street seller, petty criminal, labourer, exterminator, factory worker, gardener, clerk, travel agent, teacher and drug trial guinea pig. David’s first novel in the Frank Swann crime series, Line of Sight (Penguin Australia), was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award in 2012. He has since written three more in the series: Zero at the Bone, Old Scores and Shore Leave. The first three books in the series have also been published in Germany by Suhrkamp Verlag. David wrote the Perth book in the NewSouth Books city series, which was shortlisted for a WA Premier's Book Award. He currently lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, with his partner and three children, where he teaches creative writing at Curtin University. Read more