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Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland

Joe Gorman



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Queensland Univ. Press
20 August 2019
Social & cultural history; Sports & outdoor recreation
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.

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By:   Joe Gorman
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9780702260421
ISBN 10:   0702260428
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   20 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland

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

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