The Rules of Backyard Cricket

It starts in a suburban backyard with Darren Keefe and his older brother, sons of a fierce and gutsy single mother. The endless glow of summer, the bottomless fury of contest. All the love and hatred in two small bodies poured into the rules of a made-up game.

Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. No surprise that he becomes an Australian sporting star of the bad-boy variety—one of those men who’s always got away with things and just keeps getting.

Until the day we meet him, middle aged, in the boot of a car. Gagged, cable-tied, a bullet in his knee. Everything pointing towards a shallow grave.

Author: 
Jock Serong
Ned Kelly Year: 
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This is a personal, Australian tale of two brothers who grew up playing backyard cricket, often violently, against one another. This is a very timely tale given the real world of match fixing, and criminal interest in sport. 

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