Most of us can measure our lives against major events, and for a lot of people those events are sporting. For actor and writer Adam Zwar, every memorable moment in his life is tied to cricket. Twelve Summers is the story of those big memories and the big matches that accompanied them, told by one of the funniest writers in Australia.
Cricket fans, where were you during the disaster that was the 2013 Ashes? Adam Zwar was making a documentary about bodyline and filming a stunt that involved Brett Lee bowling bouncers to him while he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Matthew Hayden warned him not do it. But the cameras were set up. What was he going to do - say no? How about when Australia A nearly upset Australia in the 1995 World Series Cup and the players were rebelling against officials? Adam was working as a driver for an escort agency in Melbourne. Or Australia v India in 2001? That was when Adam was stuck in a hotel with AC/DC.
For all the significant moments in Adam’s life, cricket was in the background - or foreground. And you don’t need to be a fan of cricket to be able to relate, because we all remember where we were when something important happened, whether that’s a cricket test, an album release or a TV show ending. Twelve Summers is hilarious, moving and thought provoking. Even if you aren’t a fan of cricket, you’ll find a lot to love in this book.
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