Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland (Paperback)

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Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland (Paperback)


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For more than 40 years, rugby league has embodied all the hopes and dreams, contradictions and tensions of life in the Sunshine State. The game speaks to Queenslanders’ sense of being the underdog and the outsider – a powerful undercurrent that sweeps through politics, business, the arts, and sport. The enduring appeal of State of Origin is that it allows Queensland to balance the scales, at least for 80 minutes.

In Heartland, journalist Joe Gorman chronicles a tale of loss and rebirth – from the decline of the Brisbane Rugby League competition and North Queensland’s Foley Shield to the extraordinary rise of the Broncos and the Cowboys in the NRL. Weaving together stories of diehard supporters and game-changing players, from Arthur Beetson to Johnathan Thurston, this is a revealing account of Queensland’s coming of age, both on and off the field.
Joe Gorman is an independent journalist and author. His journalism has been published in the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Courier-Mail, Overland, New Matilda, Sports Illustrated, Penthouse and SBS. He has spoken at the Sydney Writers Festival, and appeared on Al Jazeera, Copa90, Deutsche Welle, and the ABC. His first book, The Death and Life of Australian Soccer, was hailed as ‘one of the best and most important written on Australian sport’ by the Age, and long-listed for the 2017 Walkley Book Award. Joe was born in Brisbane and lives in the Blue Mountains.
Product Details ISBN: 9780702260421
ISBN-10: 0702260428
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Publication Date: November 20th, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English
"Queensland is Queensland. And Queenslanders are Queenslanders. As Joe Gorman shows us, so insightfully and entertainingly, to understand these profound concepts, your best bet is to start with rugby league." —John Harms

"A compelling read which evokes great memories and highlights the importance of rugby league to this state." —Mal Meninga