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RL book wins richest prize in 2020 Queensland Literary Awards

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Okay, that article convinced me. A copy of the book is currently arriving on my Kindle.

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Couldn't resist it either, but have gone for a physical copy. Cheapest I've seen it is £17.79 so far.

If TotalRL had some copies, I bet they'd sell well.

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It's a ok book but nothing to get excited about, I wouldn't want to read those it beat to the prize thank you.😐

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23 minutes ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

I trust your taste Futtocks

Let me know if it's a recommended read once you've got through it

I'm nearing the end of another book, so will report after I get into this one next.

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On 05/09/2020 at 19:23, Copa said:

It looks really good..

“Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland wins the $25,000 Premier's Award for a work of state significance“

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-05/rugby-league-book-wins-queensland-premiers-literary-award/12629544
 

 

Certain other team sports are going to be very jealous over this.

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1 hour ago, Scubby said:

Nice to win an award, but I wouldn't read too much into this.

Absolutely; we wouldn't want to treat any good news with anything but the strictest negativity and cynicism, would we?

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On 05/09/2020 at 16:43, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

I trust your taste Futtocks

Let me know if it's a recommended read once you've got through it

I'm about a third of the way through it. Well worth reading.


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On 12/09/2020 at 05:40, Futtocks said:

I'm about a third of the way through it. Well worth reading.

If you’ve finished, what are your final thoughts?

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7 hours ago, Copa said:

If you’ve finished, what are your final thoughts?

Excellent. Maybe it could have gone into more detail about the local leagues, the Foley Shield etc., but there's still a fair amount of information on that. As well as a general history, it also takes time to spotlight particular players or aspects of politics, culture and RL in Queensland, such as racial inclusivity. Most of all, it is very readable and one I will be reading/referring to again in future.

PART I: HOW RUGBY LEAGUE EXPLAINS … CITY AND COUNTRY 
1 The defeats we suffered: 1974–1980 
2 Out of the Hicksville days: 1981–1982 
3 The beacon on the hill: 1983–1986 
4 A change of culture: 1987–1989 

PART II: HOW RUGBY LEAGUE EXPLAINS … QUEENSLAND’S COMING OF AGE 
5 The Copernican revolution: 1990–1992 
6 On the shell of a mudcrab and the skin of a mango: 1993–1996 
7 I’ll miss that feeling: 1997 
8 My old Lang Park: 1998–2001 

PART III: HOW RUGBY LEAGUE EXPLAINS … RACE AND RECONCILIATION 
9 Black and white brothers: 2002–2005 
10 A sense of belonging: 2006–2010 
11 Heartland: 2011–2014 
12 God is a Queenslander: 2015
 

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