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In this first book in the series, Davey and his friends have a big game coming up against Shimmer Bay, their arch rivals in the local comp. They need to practise, and spend all their free time at school – in the morning and at lunchtime – making sure they’ll be ready.
But disaster strikes. Davey and his friends find out their new teacher is Mr Mudge, a strict grump who HATES cricket even more than he hates Year 6 boys, and thanks to bully Mo Clouter, they find themselves on detention. Which means no cricket.
The boys are desperate. They’re going to need to pull something special out of the bag to win against Shimmer Bay. Davey’s mates have some ideas, one that could really get them into trouble, but it means getting around Mo, who seems to be everywhere they turn.
But Davey has an idea that he thinks may just work … he just needs to practise. Will he pull it off in time for the game against Shimmer Bay?
Racy Heart Reads...
For rock star and notorious bad boy, Krit Corbin, addiction is part of his nature - and women have always been his favourite obsession. But that's the life of a lead singer in a band. He can have any woman he wants - anywhere, anytime. Well, except for one…
Blythe Denton is used to being alone. The minister's family who raised her have never accepted her as their own, and made sure she understood just how unworthy she was of love. So when Blythe finally gets the chance to leave, she takes it and moves into an apartment building with a loud upstairs neighbour who keeps throwing parties all night long.
During one such party Krit opens the door to find his new neighbour standing there. Blythe wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay. Blythe is nothing like the women who usually parade in and out of his apartment, but Krit can't resist her.
Determined to win Blythe over, Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet.
The Best Non-Fiction
His Archibald Prize-winning portrait of Joshua Smith was the subject of a sensational legal case, challenging not only Dobell’s right to the prize, but the very idea of art itself. Dobell won the legal battle but lost so much else. His health was shattered, and his desire to paint was wiped out. He had to get away.
Just north of Sydney, Wangi Wangi is far removed from big city life. Dobell moved to Wangi to escape fame, but in that beguiling little place he found community and friendship, and he rediscovered the passion to paint – and the joy of life.
Through years of research and interviews with Dobell’s friends and long-time locals, acclaimed author and former Wangi resident Scott Bevan discovered how the village protected the artist, cared and posed for him, drank and partied with him. Wangi loved him as one of their own. To the world, he was Sir William Dobell, famous artist, but to Wangi, he was simply Bill.
This is the story of one of Australia’s greatest artists. It explores how ambition and talent took a working class boy a long way in the world, and how the reaction to one painting almost destroyed him. It’s also a celebration of community, and how one man finally discovered where he belonged – in the unlikeliest of places.
Scott Bevan is a Sydney-based writer, broadcaster and journalist. Like Dobell, he was born in Newcastle and has lived in Wangi Wangi. Unlike Dobell, Scott can’t paint. Bill – The Lifeof William Dobell is Scott’s fourth book.