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  • By: Justin Smith
  • Narrated by: Matt Day
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Cooper Not Out

By: Justin Smith
Narrated by: Matt Day
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Publisher's Summary

It's the summer of 1984, the West Indian cricket team is touring Australia, and the Aussies are getting flogged. Then, a very unlikely hero steps up to the crease.

Sergeant Roy Cooper is a country policeman in the small country town of Penguin Hill. He's been batting for his local cricket club for decades - where he's a statistical miracle. He's overweight, he makes very few runs, he's not pretty to watch, but he's never been dismissed.

When young local schoolgirl Cassie chances upon the story, she takes it all the way to Donna Garrett, a renowned sports columnist from a Melbourne newspaper who's forced to write under the male pseudonym of 'Don' Garrett to be taken seriously. The Australian people's love of cricket is lower than it's ever been. But Donna's columns on Roy Cooper ignite a new passion, and soon there's pressure to select him for the national team. 

Despite pushback from the cricket establishment, particularly from an old grump called Sir Walter Grant who once played for Australia, the people are about to discover that when it comes to sporting miracles, anything is possible, and one R Cooper might just find a way to write himself into sporting history. 

Cooper Not Out is a heart-warming comic novel set within real events of 1984. It's a story of how things that seem ordinary can be magnificent, a reminder of how much sport can mean to us and it's about the agony of pretending to be something you're not.

©2022 Justin Smith (P)2022 Penguin Random House Australia

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A good yarn

Need a half star, this was too good for 3 stars, not really worthy of 4. As a cricket fan who loved the premise of the story,, I was hoping for a little more substance. Predictable in places, but good enough and worth a listen. Matt Day did well.

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Totally enjoyable

This is a great book to listen to. The narrator did a great job. Highly recommend that you listen to it.

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An Aussie Classic

One of the great feel-good books. Take a bow Justin Smith you have written a classic. And Matt Day’s narration is as good as it gets

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Great story and terrific narration

This really captures the feeling of the 1980s, Australia and cricket. It is enormous fun.

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Like a ray of sunshine!

This is such a lovely book. Yes, it’s about cricket but don’t worry if you’re not a cricket fan. It’s about so much more. Great characters, quirky but real, had me smiling, laughing, tears in the eyes a couple of times. Beautifully read by Matt Day. Highly recommended.

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Loved it! Just go with the flow and enjoy it!

I'm not a cricket fan but remember player names and how big the Windies were. The book was fun, uplifting, perfect for escaping daily life. Loved the characters and their voices. It made my day.

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Superb awesome storyline

Superbly written
Awesome storyline
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Fantastic characters
A must read
Thank you Justin Smith

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Great read

A really great story very Australian country
Recommend this to anyone
If you like cricket country communities you will enjoy the language and style of the book

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Just Lovely!!

A simple story told beautifully and narrated just right.
A heartwarming tale for cricket lovers or anyone in need of a pick-me-up.

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So Great

Narrator was fantastic and brought a real relationship with characters.
Story was light, funny, heart-warming
and educating and thought provking - I loved it !

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