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Phillip Hughes – The Official Biography

by Malcolm Knox, Peter Lalor

When Hughes scored twin centuries in his second Test – the youngest man in cricket’s 135-year history to achieve the feat – the world hailed the arrival of a brilliant new star. Here was a batting prodigy from a tiny country town with a twinkle in his eye and a wizardry with the willow to fill the dreams of a generation. But those dreams were lost in November 2014 when Hughes was felled, playing the game he loved.

Told through the voices of those who knew him best, Phillip Hughes:­ The Official Biography is the incredible story of the boy from Macksville who became Australian Test cricketer 408. It charts the folkloric rise of the banana grower’s son with the axe-handle batting technique, reliving his adventures on and off the field and celebrating his many triumphs and travails.

And it pays tribute to the fighting spirit and gift for friendship that made this unique young man a hero to millions.

Drawing on almost 100 interviews and featuring more than 200 photographs – among them scores of images and talismanic mementos from the Hughes family’s personal collection – this is a stirring biography about the life of Phillip Hughes: son, brother, friend, farmer, cricketer, inspiration.

About Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox is the former literary editor and award-winning cricket writer of the Sydney Morning Herald (where he broke the Norma Khouri story, for which he won one of his two Walkley Awards). His novels include The Life and the Ned Kelly Award-winning A Private Man, and his many non-fiction titles include The Greatest and The Captains.

About Peter Lalor

Born in Bendigo, educated in Melbourne and later marooned in Sydney, Peter Lalor is an award winning author and journalist. He has written a number of books including the best-selling Ned Kelly True Crime prize-winning Blood Stain and The Bridge, a history of The Sydney Harbour Bridge. A cricket writer for The Australian newspaper he has worked as a journalist for 25 years.


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