Greatest Game : Timeless Tales from the Greats of Aussie Rules
A light-hearted, alphabetical collection of anecdotes, tall and true, from the rich annals of Australian football. All the big names are here.
- Paperback | 312 pages
- 25 Jul 2007
- Penguin Books Australia
- Hawthorn, Australia
Our customer reviews
Ken Piesse is virtually a football institution, so long has he written about the game - and so well. And this is such a good idea for a book. Yet somehow the book ends up being "OK". There's nothing wrong with it, specifically. But I'm not raving either. And I love footy. I think it is possibly because the book tries to do too many things, and in the end does none of them. It could have been a footy "jokes and tall tales" book, but there are relatively few laughs and not many of them are going to leave you in stitches. It could have been a book of "back in the day" tales, but the tales from the past have no depth and don't allow you to imagine yourself in the old Southern Stand or the Hird stand at Windy Hill. It could have been a book of insider's anecdotes, but there is little insight. We learn that Piesse is, himself an insider, but he doesn't really invite us in with him. Instead it was a few bits and pieces of all these things, kind of slung together in alphabetical order, without much balance (how can a book about footy have so much about Tasmania without corresponding amounts from SA, WA and the NT?) I enjoyed reading it. But then again I already loved footy. And having read it once, I can't say I'll be in a hurry to read it again. Ken Piesse is a great author, and he must have an incredible array of footy stories in there. I hope he tries again. Perhaps he needs to write three books - the comedy, the history, and the insider's insight. Unfortunately this one tries for all three targets, and misses them all as a result.show moreby Anthony Marinac