Phillip Hughes (HB)
Phillip Hughes - the Official Biography is a celebration of the life and career of the Macksville boy who played 26 Tests and 25 one-day matches for Australia, 2009-13. The book is an illustrated biography in the mould of The Master by Les Carlyon. Personal photos from the Hughes family archives meld with beautiful agency photography to create a lavish, poignant album of tribute to be enjoyed by all ages. The manuscript is to be written with the exclusive co-operation of the Hughes' family from deep research and 100+ interviews conducted by pre-eminent cricket writer, noted fiction and NF author and successful ghost-writer Malcolm Knox (Ben Cousins, QF32, The Crossroad). Co-authoring the book is Peter Lalor, chief cricket writer for The Australian, author (Barassi, The Bridge) and Hughes' best friend in the press corp. The book intimately charts Hughes' country town upbringing as the son of a banana farmer father and Italian mother and the emergence of his rare sporting talent. It follows his journey from the bush to the big smoke and his arrival in the big time as a NSW and, ultimately, an Australian cricketer. Along the way we celebrate the most spectacular moments in a short life - Hughes' greatest innings, the effect he had on team-mates, fans and lovers of the game. It is an extraordinary tale of an extraordinary Australian kid playing the game he loved, only to lose his life to it, and a portrait of a nation who mourned the death of Hughes as it had never done before.
Malcolm Knox is our chief author. Malcolm is an award-winning cricket writer and has ghost-written many best-sellers for Pan Macmillan including the biographies of Ben Cousins, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Donaldson, VC. Co-author of the project, Peter Lalor is the long-standing chief cricket writer for The Australian and author of the best-selling Barassi: a Biography and The Bridge.