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Tales from the Sports Field

The Best of Neil Marks

Neil Marks with foreword by Ian Chappell

ABC Books

This lively mix of cricket, rugby, aussie rules and other sports stories written by raconteur extraordinaire, Neil Marks, is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.

A former first-class cricketer, Neil Marks has mixed with the elite of Australian sport over the last five decades, and in this collection features stories about Australian icons, such as Don Bradman, Adam Gilchrist, Trevor Allan, Neil Roberts and the Sydney Cricket Ground itself.

Tales from the Sports Field combines some of Marks’ most popular stories from previous publications with completely new tales, all written in the inimitable Marks’ style. Typical Australian characters leap out of the pages: war heroes, willow-wielders and wingers, punters, putters and pace bowlers. The result is a feast of yarns for the sporting enthusiast that reveal the many facets of the Australian identity and contain wonderful memories of Australian sport as it used to be.

In these days of commercial gain it is easy to forget the true values that have always been the foundation of Australian sport. In this engaging, funny and heart-warming collection, Neil Marks brings to life a spirit many believed was lost.