By Michael Fiddian

The End of the Game

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Albert is a young Indigenous man who is the best player in the local Aussie Rules team in his small fictional town of Duneldin in Victoria.

For the first time in most people's living memory, the team makes the grand final of the local footy competition with high hopes of winning, especially if Albert and some of his teammates are playing at their best on the day.

One of Albert's teammates, Tom, sees Albert getting racially abused, and knows Albert won't take it. Incidents after training and at school make Tom and Albert think about the extent to which Albert is valued as player and as a young Aboriginal man, and what is most important. 

Set against the backdrop of a country town where the footy club is the most powerful institution in town, Michael Fiddian's debut novel, The End of the Game, exposes contemporary issues of culture and race that are experienced by Indigenous sportsmen and women. 

More Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Published:  March 2022
  • ISBN: 978-1-925914-39-9, 978-1-025014-40-5 (ePub)
  • Weight: 0.3kg
  • Size:  229mm x 152mm
  • Pages:  178
  • Imprint: Popcorn Press

About the Author

Coming from a family whose idea of fun on a weekend was to go to the local library, it was inevitable that Michael Fiddian would end up writing a book.

Starting his writing career in primary school and then sporadically writing plays and articles over the next decades, he has written internationally produced short and full length plays, with his YA play The Kids Are Alright being nominated for best new play at the 2014 CONDA Awards in Newcastle.

As part of his career as a teacher, he is passionate about the education of young Australians about discrimination and injustices, and is glad to see the rising appreciation of the role that Aboriginal AFL players have on the game.

Michael is a History and English teacher who lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children, who wants kids to read more and the world to be a better place. The End of the Game is his first full length novel for young adults.

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