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Heads and Tasker, legends themselves, set out to write a book that would continue the trail laid by early-days sporting scribes of long ago. I could not put it down.
John Coates, AC, President of the Australian Olympic Committee.
I know readers will enjoy the many stories and anecdotes that Heads and Tasker have accumulated over more than a century combined in journalism.
Ian Chappell, former Australian cricket Captain.
In a succession of major titles Ian has told or helped tell the stories of some of Australia’s greatest sporting figures, including: Mark Taylor, Louise Sauvage, Ian Thorpe, Jack Gibson (4 books), Frank Hyde, Don Talbot, Mike Whitney, Noel Kelly, Arthur Beetson, Nova Peris, Des Renford, George Piggins, Ken Sutcliffe, Shane Webcke (2 books), Peter Sterling, Wayne Pearce, and renowned paramedic Paul Featherstone, aka ‘The Hero of Thredbo’. He has written a comprehensive history of Australian sport (since 1788), histories of the game of Rugby League - and of several sporting clubs, large and small.
Great Australian Sporting Stories
Alongside the many fabulous and fabled days of Australian sport there exists a treasure trove of equal size – comprising lost, forgotten, or unknown sporting days and nights of parallel colour and drama..
Within the pages of this latest book: Great Australian Sporting Stories two of the country’s finest sports’ journalists, Norm Tasker and Ian Heads, the pair of them linked since fledgling days as rookie sportswriters on the Sydney’s Daily Telegraph of the early 1960s -- dig deep into their memory banks to share their personal recollections of these different streams of Aussie sporting yarns – of favourite and famous days and nights from across the Aussie sporting spectrum…..and others of a decidedly different hue, backgrounding sad, dramatic events either unknown little known…..or long forgotten.
Arriving into the n the helter skelter world days of modern sport, the book is a treasure – a reminder of heroes and heroines of the past on unforgettable days ….and of the way we were…on both the great days….and sad ones.. It is by by turns funny, sad..and revelatory.