June: Cooper Not Out by Justin Smith

Pageturners Book Discussion groups meet Wednesday 8 June at 12.30pm and 5.30pm at Orange City Library to discuss the One Library One Book community read Cooper Not Out by Justin Smith.

It’s the summer of 1984, the West Indian cricket team is touring Australia, and the Aussies are getting flogged. Then, a very unlikely hero steps up to the crease… an unlikely hero is about to rewrite history.

Sergeant Roy Cooper is a country policeman in the small country town of Penguin Hill. He’s been batting for his local cricket club for decades – where he’s a statistical miracle. He’s overweight, he makes very few runs, he’s not pretty to watch, but he’s never been dismissed.

When young local schoolgirl Cassie chances upon the story, she takes it all the way to Donna Garrett, a renowned sport columnist from a Melbourne newspaper who’s forced to write under the male pseudonym of “Don” Garrett to be taken seriously. The Australian people’s love of cricket is lower than it’s ever been. But Donna’s columns on Roy Cooper ignite a new passion and soon there’s pressure to select him for the national team.

Despite pushback from the cricket establishment, particularly from an old grump called Sir Walter Grant, who once played for Australia, the people are about to discover that when it comes to sporting miracles, anything is possible, and one R Cooper might just find a way to write himself into sporting history….

All interested people are welcome to join the discussion and visit the One Library One Book facebook page for more snippets about the author and book

You can also meet the author Justin Smith who is touring Central West Libraries in June.

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