Secondhand. Very good condition. Minor wear to book corners and edges. Pages have started to sun.
Thomas Wentworth Wills is an Australian Icarus. Having grown up among the Djabwurrung people in western Victoria, he was sent to the Rugby school in England. Returning in 1856, he promptly revolutionised colonial cricket and opened the door for the evolution of the indigenous game we know as Australian football.
In 1866, he coached the Aboriginal team, which later became the first Australian cricket team to tour England, despite having suffered in the war being fought at the country's frontiers between white settlers and the land's Aboriginal inhabitants.
Tom Wills died a neglected and forgotten figure. His life is an Australian tragedy, but it bequeathed a unique and hopeful legacy to the nation. The Call is a remarkable novel. In charting the history of one man's life, it takes us to the birth of sport in this country and to the horrors of racial struggle, which continue to this day. His story is lyrical, subtle and true. (back cover)