A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

Author(s): Titus O'Reily


Covering League, Aussie Rules, Tennis, Cricket, Football, Swimming, Netball, Union, Quidditch and many more, Titus looks at how sport has united Australians and given them something to do in their spare time. Part history, part social commentary and part the ravings of a madman, Titus examines- A League vs Union, what it says about you as a personA Why it's the AFL's fault that Victorians are so awfulA How soccer is the biggest threat to Australia since CommunismA Can you not like sport and be an Australian?A The etiquette of watching sportA Cricket, is not boring, OK Sharon?A Horse racing, not just about betting but mostly about bettingA The Olympics or why Australia is only important every four years


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Writer and broadcaster Titus O'Reily was born in Melbourne and raised by the Sisters of Collective Misery, a kindly but sombre order who placed an emphasis on sport above all other things, including religion.Titus's unique take on sport has been hailed by some of the most respected figures in sport as 'awful', 'childish' and 'barely comprehensible'.Known as 'the voice of Australia's working class', despite the fact he long lost touch with them and, in the main, reality, Titus has somehow become a popular satirist of Australian sport.Aside from despairing over the state of his beloved Melbourne Football Club, Titus lives alone in his city apartment which is described as 'unwelcoming' and 'sparsely decorated'.

General Fields

  • : 9780143785217
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : Michael Joseph
  • : September 2017
  • : 234mm X 154mm X 26mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2017
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 790
  • : 336
  • : Titus O'Reily