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Spinner: A Novel

Written by Ron Elliott


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David Donald is a 12-year-old boy with an amazing bowling arm. He’s a spinner who becomes the stuff of legend. His guardian, Uncle Michael, is also a spinner – a great Australian bullshit artist, a shyster and mythmaker.

It’s between the wars. It’s the glory days of cricket. Together, David and Michael will rout the English and reveal more than a little about the shaping of the Australian psyche.

‘… a sparkling novel with serious overtones and tantalising glimpses of real-life history.’ Adelaide Advertiser

‘Even if you don’t like cricket and you’re not sure if this book will appeal to you – stick with me here. I don’t care for the game, yet this book has managed to find a cosy little spot in my heart.’ Australian Women Online

‘… you don’t have to be a cricket fan to enjoy this delightful story about how an unsophisticated boy makes his mark in a world of men.’ Launceston Examiner

‘This is a great yarn … ‘ The Age

‘Delightful tale that mixes a little magic with some recognisable cricket characters and history.’ Herald Sun

‘The perfect book for the summer. Howzat?’ The West Australian

‘So beautifully written is Spinner, it makes me feel as if I am reading a true story.’ The Canning Examiner

‘Ron Elliott’s writing about cricket is brilliant – detailed but clear, lively and interesting.’ Reading Time

‘… all the ingredients to ensure it will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. Some of the twists in the story are heart-rending, while others provide thought-provoking moments.’ The Senior

ISBN 9781921361937 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories New Adult
Book Club Reads
Pages 472
Publication Year 2010
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Ron elliott

    Ron Elliott

    Ron Elliott is a scriptwriter, director and academic. His directorial credits include a feature film, Justice, and episodes of ABC programs such as Dancing Daze, Relative Merits and Studio 86. Ron has written for Home and Away, Minty, Wild Kat, Ship to Shore and many more children’s television series. In 2001 he wrote the AFI nominated telemovie Southern Cross. Ron also lectured in Film and Television at Curtin University. Read more