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Publisher's Summary

Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. It is no surprise, then, 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 going...until the day we meet him, middle aged and in the boot of a car, and everything pointing towards a shallow grave.

Gripping suspense from the Ned Kelly Award-winning author of Quota.

©2016 Jock Serong (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Great story, great book.

Really enjoyable audible experience by one of our fabulous new Australian writers.

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  • Jordan61
  • 05-14-18

Promising start to innings ended disappointingly by treading on own stumps

Enjoyed the cricket yarn along the way but the story lost credibility as it raced to an unconvincing denouement and i’m left with a distaste for each of the main characters or rather caricatures.






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  • Helen V
  • 03-13-18

Dismissed on appeal

Prepared to give it a go after reading other reviews but third umpire still undecided. Can understand how an author can reach a point when they face a choice to end the story by wrapping up the loose ends even if there is a bit of a twist. Why didn’t they chose that way?
There’s a couple of characters that could have been developed a lot more - like the reporter.




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  • Clare
  • 06-14-17

Great scene setting but ultimately disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the first half of this book.Starts out well believable and engaging but the ending is so ridiculous and the tying up of loose ends dubiously explained as are the final actions of the main character. At the end of the book you feel like you've wasted your time. Serong sets a great scene but the story telling lets the reader down.

Was The Rules of Backyard Cricket worth the listening time?

No only the first half was good the narrator did a great job but the storyline falters.

Any additional comments?

Jock Serong should keep trying.I'll probably read another one but curb my expectations.

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  • Jeff
  • 02-11-17

Great performance

Rupert does a superb job narrating this book, and I hope some magnificent upcoming director picks up the rights for this and does it justice in film format.

Well done

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  • amanda
  • 12-07-16

WOW what a fantastic read

True noir, aussie style, highly recommend this book if you like grit. Incredibly suspenseful and moving. The narration is brilliant thought it was Richard Roxburgh.