The Rules of Backyard Cricket reviewed by Vivian


Darren Keefe is lying in the boot of a car. He is tied up, gagged and has a hole in his knee from a bullet. The car is heading into the unknown. And so begins Darren’s story as he reflects on his life and how it all led him to the boot of this car. Darren and his older brother, Wally, grew up playing backyard cricket. There was a fierce rivalry between the two which only served to hone their cricketing skills. While both are talented cricketers, they have very different personalities. Wally is calm and studious whereas Darren always seems to follow trouble.

When I first started reading this book I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy the cricket detail, having limited experience in backyard cricket. But as the story developed, I became intrigued and there is so much more to this story and so worth the climatic end. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.

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