Voted Cricket Book of the Year at the 2010 British Sports Book Awards, Golden Boy is a blistering expose of the tumultuous Lillee/Marsh/Chappells era of Australian cricket, as viewed through the lens of flawed genius Kim Hughes.
Christian Ryan was the founding editor of the national current affairs magazine The Monthly. He has edited Wisden Cricketers' Almanack Australia, Inside Edge magazine, Wisden Cricket Monthly and has worked as a journalist with The Guardian newspaper.
Christian Ryan's Golden Boy has this brawny lyricism ...
It's really alive, that book. Like a great Australian novel. Hughes
personifies something mercurial, ethereal, this artistic flair
alongside these macho, rugged, brawny bruisers like Marsh and
Lillee. It's told with such lyricism and tempo. I found it
absolutely enthralling and a real revelation. -- William Fiennes,
member of Wisden Cricket Monthly's Best Cricket Book Ever judging
At once unputdownable and also unpickupable, because if you pick it up you will eventually finish it, and what are you going to do then? -- Rob Smyth * Guardian *
It made me laugh, it told me things, it reminded me why I love the subject I'm reading about and it put a series of images in my head that I won't ever forget. It's audacious, it's got chutzpah, it's done with a lyrical flourish. I didn't know cricket books could be written like this. -- Phil Walker, editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly
A cracking read ... An almost tragic but compelling tale of how Hughes tried hard - and failed - to fit his smiling personality into the hard-faced world of his country's uniquely macho and badly moustached team. * The Observer *
Graphic ... Shocking ... Devastating ... If half of what we read here is true, two Australian legends should hang their heads in shame. -- Simon Wilde * The Times *
A valuable archive of the professional cricketer's lot during the 1980s - paltry wages, petty officials, vermin-infested hotels and astonishing levels of alcohol consumption ... a fascinating account of Australian cricket's leanest years. * Times Literary Supplement *
Absolutely superb, one of the best cricket books I've read. -- John Stern * The Wisden Cricketer *