Losing Streak by James Boyce | Black Inc.

Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry

Awards for Losing Streak

  • Winner, People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Tasmania Book Prizes
  • Longlisted, 2018 Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History
  • Shortlisted, 2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize
  • Longlisted, 2017 Walkley Book Award

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About the author

James Boyce

James Boyce is a multi-award-winning historian. His first book, Van Diemen’s Land, was described by Richard Flanagan as ‘the most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore’. He is also the editor of Inga Clendinnen

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Praise for Losing Streak

‘The great value of Boyce’s work is in his meticulous chronicling of the interactions between Tasmanian political and business elites in all their tragic and tawdry detail.’ —Conversation

‘In Losing Streak, Boyce has written an at times jaw-dropping history of poker machines in Tasmania, a 50-year saga of backdoor politics and official spin that even within the annals of a serious gambling nation presents a unique case of dereliction on the part of politicians.’ —Amanda Lohrey, the Monthly

‘James Boyce’s new book is the most impressive investigative journalism about Tasmania that I have read.’ —Simon Bevilacqua, the Mercury


‘[Losing Streak] is muckraking in the original sense of the term, an important broadside against entrenched interests capitalising on a social scourge.’ —Michael Winkler, Australian Book Review

‘Fearless, informed political journalism at its best, and a book that shaped a state election.’ —Martin Flanagan

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