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The Family Men

About the author

Catherine Harris

Catherine Harris’s short story collection, Like Being A Wife, was shortlisted for the 2011 Age Fiction Prize, the 2011 Barbara Jefferis award and as a manuscript for the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. She won the 2009 Josephine …

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Praise for The Family Men

The Family Men is an intense distillation of the darkness that falls after the Friday and Saturday night lights have been turned out. This novel is shocking because it is so believable. Sometimes you hear football insiders mutter about a scandal in the game, 'It's worse than you think.' Catherine Harris has cut right through to that shadowy truth, and come back with horror, yes, but also a sign of hope.’ ­—Malcolm Knox

‘Catherine Harris’ timely novel on football culture after dark [kept me up late] – and you don’t even have to like footy to read it.’ —Books of the Year, the Age


‘A compelling look at the intersection between the media and sporting celebrity in Australia.’ —Wheeler Centre, Best Books of 2014

‘Revealing spotlight on football’s dark side… The Family Men [is] compelling and provocative reading.’ —Herald Sun

‘Slick, brutal and evasive where it needs to be. The novel builds like a slow striptease.’ —Spectrum


‘Sex, alcohol and the AFL. The three often come together in an unholy trinity and Catherine Harris’ novel explores such a combination to devastating effect.’ —the Age


‘Regardless of your interest in sport, The Family Men is a starkly brilliant and uniquely Australian novel that stays with you long after reading.’ —Readings Monthly


The Family Men unfolds like a slow-motion car crash… [It] is a nuanced indictment of a sporting culture that forgives appalling behavior in our heroes, and it is as ‘true’ as the best journalism.’ —Bookseller & Publisher


‘Compelling and provocative’ —Daily Telegraph