When the Blackouts' star player Nevil Dooley wakes one morning to don a frock and 'eyeshada', his mother's idle days at the bingo hall are gone forever. Mystified and clueless, single parent Mavis takes to bush-cunning and fast footwork to unravel the mystery behind this sudden change of face. Funny and cleverly covert, too, this is a truthful rendering of small town prejudice and racist attitudes. Hilarity prevails while desperation builds in the race to save Nevil from the savage consequences of discovery in a town where a career in footy is a young black man's only escape. Neither pig shoots, bust-ups at the Two Dogs, bare-knuckle sessions in the shed or even a police siege can slow the countdown on this human time bomb.
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Review: Bitin' BackUser Review - Stevie - Goodreads
I really enjoyed this book. The characterisation through dialogue. This text covered some darn serious issues including racism and sexuality, but conveyed it through outrageous humour. I'd love to see this made into a film or mini-series. Read full review
Review: Bitin' BackUser Review - Heidi - Goodreads
Vivienne Cleven is a triple threat for this years challenges. She's an indigenous Queer Australian woman, which means that I can count her book against three challenges. Plus, she's an awesome writer ... Read full review