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Spinner

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Twelve-year-old David Donald is a simple boy with an amazing gift—he is a spinner: a sportsman who becomes the stuff of legend. His guardian, Uncle Michael, is a spinner as well, though a different kind— a trickster, a shyster, and a mythmaker. Set between the wars at the beginning of a drought and a great depression, this David-and-Goliath story tells how a talented young boy beat the English at their own game. Exploring the violence and conflict, the honor and deep bonds created by war and sport within ...

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Spinner: A Novel

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Overview

Twelve-year-old David Donald is a simple boy with an amazing gift—he is a spinner: a sportsman who becomes the stuff of legend. His guardian, Uncle Michael, is a spinner as well, though a different kind— a trickster, a shyster, and a mythmaker. Set between the wars at the beginning of a drought and a great depression, this David-and-Goliath story tells how a talented young boy beat the English at their own game. Exploring the violence and conflict, the honor and deep bonds created by war and sport within men, this unique fable investigates the tale teller who spins lies to reveal the truth.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book has managed to find a cosy little spot in my heart . . . . From the all-important first paragraph, I was hooked . . . . This is not a cricket book; it is a beautiful story."  —Australian Women Online

"A sparkling novel with serious overtones and tantalising glimpses of real-life history."  —Adelaide Advertiser

"A great read with lots of humanity, humour and lively dialogue . . . The central theme of personal integrity, of doing the right thing, makes Spinner a book to recommend widely."  —Fiction Focus

"The novel’s power lies in its ability to make the unbelievable believable. Elliott has crafted a remarkable tale of one boy’s incredible journey and a nation desperately looking for something to believe in."  —Albany Advertiser

Australian Women Online
This book has managed to find a cosy little spot in my heart. ... From the all-important first paragraph, I was hooked ... This is not a cricket book; it is a beautiful story.
Adelaide Advertiser
A sparkling novel with serious overtones and tantalising glimpses of real-life history.
Fiction Focus
A great read with lots of humanity, humor, and lively dialogue ... The central theme of personal integrity, of doing the right thing, makes Spinner a book to recommend widely.
Albany Advertiser
The novel's power lies in its ability to make the unbelievable believable. Elliott has crafted a remarkable tale of one boy's incredible journey and a nation desperately looking for something to believe in
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921361937
  • Publisher: Fremantle Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Elliott is a lecturer in screenwriting and production at Curtin University. He is a freelance scriptwriter and film and television director who has worked for ABC.

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