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RIPPA! is ripper football fiction

RIPPA! is ripper football fiction


Our second release in June was RIPPA! the second football novel from P.J. Laverty.

Set in the late 1980s -  after Craig Johnston but before the likes of Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill, et al made their names in English football - it is about Joey Rippa, a young football-playing surf-loving, pot-smoking, guitar-strumming 19-year-old from coastal Western Australia who is 'discovered' by the manager of West Ham while on a pre-season trip to Perth. 

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Recognising the first Australian team to win an Olympic Gold Medal

Recognising the first Australian team to win an Olympic Gold...


Our latest book is another Olympics non-fiction about some forgotten Gold Medalists, the 1988 Australian Women's Hockey team. Ladies First - The Story of Australia's First Olympic Hockey Gold Medal is a compelling account of the remarkable journey undertaken by the Australian women's hockey team at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

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2024 Football Writers' Festival - The Changemakers

2024 Football Writers' Festival - The Changemakers


The theme of this year's Football Writers' Festival on 5-6 October - the fifth! - is CHANGEMAKERS

The people, incidents, and events that have helped change our game—those from the past, the present, and those shaping the future. 

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50 years ago today

50 years ago today


It was 50 years ago today that the team we know as the #Socceroos made their debut in the World Cup, facing off against East Germany in Hamburg. This historic match marked the beginning of a legacy that continues to inspire football fans and young players around the country.
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Who is Charyl Chappuis?

Who is Charyl Chappuis?


Chances are that most Australian football fans are not familiar with midfielder Charyl Chappuis, yet he is one of the best-known footballers from Thailand, one of our Asian Football Confederation neighbours.
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Cover of Tales of South American Football

Passion, revolution and glory


For many, South America epitomises most of what we love about football. Tales of South American Football - Passion, Revolution and Glory by Jorge Knijnik weaves the fabric of culture and sport in 13 chapters that give the reader a path into the region's modern history and social realities. 

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"Get Your T*ts Out for the Lads" shortlisted for Football Book of the Year

"Get Your T*ts Out for the Lads" shortlisted for Football...


One of our books has been shortlisted for the prestigious Football Book of the Year as part of the 2024 Sports Book Awards sponsored by Charles Tyrwhitt in association with The Sunday Times. We are thrilled for author Sally Freedman and her book, "Get Your T*ts Out for the Lads". 
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Vale Ron Lord, Socceroos Cap #144

Vale Ron Lord, Socceroos Cap #144


Our farewell and tribute to goalkeeper Ron Lord who died aged 94 on 8th April 2024, and who played 13 internationals between 1951 and 1964.
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Women in sport, football, business, and publishing

Women in sport, football, business, and publishing


Earlier this month on International Women's Day we released three books which further demonstrate our commitment to women: women in sport, women in football, women in business and, of course, women in literature and publishing.
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Simply the Best

Simply the Best


George Best Down Under delves into the four tours to Australia by the iconic George Best, one of world football’s greatest legends, chronicling Best’s trips to Australia starting with the tour by Manchester United in 1967, one year before United won the European Cup and Best the Ballon d’Or.
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Hear from Michelle Ford about Turning the Tide

Hear from Michelle Ford about Turning the Tide


Turning the Tide by Michelle Ford Eriksson with Craig Lord is an incredible story of Olympic boycotts, death threats, the world's biggest state-sanctioned doping system, and misogyny.
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Announcing the Manly Writers' Festival program

Announcing the Manly Writers' Festival program


Featuring more than 80 authors, writers and session hosts across more than 40 conversations, the festival is an opportunity for readers and thinkers to attend a literary festival that is intimate, accessible, and gives a platform to local and emerging authors, as well as high profile and established literary names.
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Books for everyone!

Books for everyone!


This is what we did this year.
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The Year of the Matildas

The Year of the Matildas


We're delighted to announce that the up-to-date Encyclopedia of Matildas Beyond the World Cup 2023 has arrived on to our shelves, and on to those of really good bookstores around the country, just in time for Christmas. 
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It was 50 years ago today!

It was 50 years ago today!


Forget Sgt Pepper! 50 years ago today the indomitable Rale Rasic guided a bunch of part-timers to the 1974 World Cup in West Germany when Jimmy Mackay scored the goal, against South Korea in Hong Kong, that was enough to get Australia to its first World Cup finals. 
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Join us for the launch of 'Noddy'

Join us for the launch of 'Noddy'


Join us for the launch of Noddy: The Untold Story of Adrian Alston by Philip Micallef on Thursday 9th November 2023 at Gleebooks.
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A guide to building a team culture in the A-League

A guide to building a team culture in the A-League


For the first time in the history of the A-League Mens, a new book takes a look inside a championship winning season. The Vibe Manager – Inside the Central Coast Mariners 2023 A-League Championship, by former Socceroo Andy Bernal, is part-memoir, part insider account of the Central Coast Mariners run to, and ultimate success, in the A-League Men’s grand final earlier this year.
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Introducing the Manly Writers' Festival

Introducing the Manly Writers' Festival


Beyond the beach and the ferry, a literary festival for Manly. Introducing the Manly Writers' Festival, 15-16 March 2024.
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We support The Voice

We support The Voice


Fair Play Publishing is proud to be one of many Australian publishers to support The Voice to Parliament and a YES vote at the referendum on Saturday 14th October.
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The Socceroos World Cup Odyssey

The Socceroos World Cup Odyssey


Now that the World Cup is over (and what a five weeks that was!), we  turn to the Socceroos and a wonderful two-volume set from Emeritus Professor John Maynard outlining the Socceroos World Cup Odyssey from 1965 to 2002 (Volume 1) and 2006 to 2022 (Volume 2). 
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What makes a football fan?

What makes a football fan?


While everyone loves their national team, and we revel in the Matildas as they make their way through the World Cup, most of us usually start our passion for football with a club. Our latest book Football fans in their own write explores the concept of fandom. 
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Can't get enough of the Matildas?

Can't get enough of the Matildas?


The Australian women's football team, who are ranked #10 in the world heading into the tournament, kick-off their campaign to win the 2023 World Cup by taking on the much-less fancied Republic of Ireland (#22).
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Final Reminder: Don't miss the 2023 Football Writers' Festival

Final Reminder: Don't miss the 2023 Football Writers' Festival


What more can we say to convince you that the 2023 Football Writers' Festival has the best line-up of writing talent you'd ever hope to see, hear from, or meet in once place?
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Hear Us Roar - changing the game for emerging women football writers

Hear Us Roar - changing the game for emerging women...


"I am woman, Hear me roar" is the inspiration for Hear Us Roar - an anthology of emerging women football writers which comprises 17 stories from women in 11 countries with contributions that relate to player interviews, the business of football, women’s football development, fiction, and personal stories.
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