Best and Fairest by Henry Johnston

Sydney Australia, sometime in the 1960s. Watched by family and friends, thirteen determined young Rugby League players commence a seminal year which finishes in triumph for some, tragedy for others. Welcome to the dangerous alleys of Sydney’s inner west, in a time before credit cards, when working-class families bought household goods on hire purchase; when…

51ztS0OgSkL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Sydney Australia, sometime in the 1960s. Watched by family and friends, thirteen determined young Rugby League players commence a seminal year which finishes in triumph for some, tragedy for others. Welcome to the dangerous alleys of Sydney’s inner west, in a time before credit cards, when working-class families bought household goods on hire purchase; when off-course gambling was a way of life and ‘cockatoos’ kept watch for local SP bookies operating in every corner pub. Best and Fairest assembles a fractured mosaic of almost forgotten everyday lives, and creates a powerful impression of a culture and era now rapidly fading from memory.

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About the Author

Henry (Harry) Johnston is a full time writer. He divides his time between inner-city Rozelle in Sydney, Australia, and the South Coast of NSW. During a career in media, Henry worked as a broadcaster and producer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and served as a departmental liaison officer, and senior policy adviser in several New South Wales Government portfolios, including Aboriginal Affairs. Compendiums of Henry’s short stories are published as Last Voyage of Aratus and Port Out Starboard Home. Henry’s next novel is set in Vienna Austria, during the Anschluss.

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