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Losing Streak

Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry

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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
  • Longlisted, 2017 Walkley Book Award

About the author

James Boyce

James Boyce is the author of Born Bad (2014), 1835 (2011) and Van Diemen's Land (2008). Van Diemen’s Land, won the Tasmania Book Prize and the Colin Roderick Award and was shortlisted for the NSW, Victorian and …

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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

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