(Idiot Pride is about cruising and being on the run withou...)
Idiot Pride is about cruising and being on the run without going anywhere. It's about the claustrophobia of an inner city suburb, its dangers and pitfalls, and the salvation and humour found in the most solid of friendships.
(Adventure and music intertwine in this fantasy story flus...)
Adventure and music intertwine in this fantasy story flush with hot city streets, stalking reptiles, and intoxicating jazz music. When Sassy Piero and her older brother Bobby hear the jazz music and decide to sneak out of their house to investigate the source, they meet a band called The Firebreakers. The band members, who are descendants of dragons, are a doorway into a magical new world, and Sassy must choose whether she wants to become a part of it. But to learn their music she must turn her back on her family and the world she knows. This supernatural story about choosing paths presents powerful themes of loyalty, community, and following dreams.
(One hundred and seventy-one of the game’s greatest player...)
One hundred and seventy-one of the game’s greatest players and coaches, characters, cult heroes, clubmen and battlers... each telling his life story, the stories of their teams, teammates and times. Funny, harsh, heartbreaking, inspiring the highs, lows, controversies, famous victories and narrow losses, grand finals and hard-fought games on forgotten, muddy ovals this is the history of football as seen, not by spin doctors or journalists, but entirely in the words of those who were out there playing. From the 1940s to now - a warts-and-all book, giving an inside look into the blood and guts and inner workings of footy through stories big and small, and the determination and courage it takes to be involved.
Matt Zurbo is a self-taught writer. He never attended high school.
Matt Zurbo is the author of young adult novels, Idiot Pride (shortlisted for the CBCA Awards, Older Readers, in 1998, and Flyboy and the Invisible (2001), as well as two picture books, Blow Kid, Blow, illustrated by Jeff Raglus and I Got a Rocket, illustrated by Dean Gorrisen. Zurbo works in the Forests of the Otway Ranges and has worked as a comedian and radio presenter. Zurbo has spent the last ten years writing 14 books, ranging from children's, YA, adult novels, to poetry and collected short stories, which he will self-publish in 2017 under the banner Zurbo Inc.
(Adventure and music intertwine in this fantasy story flus...)2006
(One hundred and seventy-one of the game’s greatest player...)2016
(Idiot Pride is about cruising and being on the run withou...)1997
"My roots are important to me. With Blow Kid, Blow! I wanted to inspire working-class kids with a story in which they could take pride. I wanted a positive, cool message to run underneath (not over) a jazzy storyline."
"I want to inspire kids, people, to do things - to have grit, passion, a sense of worth. I want my stories to be cool, and maybe a little tough, and to carry underlying strengths and messages."
Matt Zurbo is married. His wife’s name is Gwendolynne.