Meet Cooper Not Out Author 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…

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….

Cooper Not Out is a funny, heart-warming novel set against a backdrop of real events. It is moving and highly original tale about friendship and belief, and the joy of being true to yourself and discovering your greatest potential.

Author Justin Smith will be touring the Central West later next week to talk about the book with local readers.

“I’m thrilled Cooper Not Out has been chosen for the One Library, One Book initiative,” Justin Smith said.

“This is a fantastic idea and I hope people enjoy reading about Roy Cooper. I worked in radio for a few years in the Central West, and I’m very much looking forward to getting back there,” he said.

Justin Smith is a Melbourne writer, journalist and broadcaster. He’s a columnist with the Melbourne’s Herald Sun and a weekly guest on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program and Sky News.

Justin has had a long career in radio as a presenter and executive producer. He has hosted national programs, he was embedded with Australian troops in Afghanistan, and was the Drive host on Sydney’s 2UE. He’s won multiple awards for journalism and broadcasting.

Meet author Justin Smith when he tours:

  • Monday 20 June: Blayney Library 11.30am, Cowra Library 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 June: Forbes Library 1pm, Orange City Library 5.30pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 22 June: Molong Library 11.30am.

See you there!

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