Night Games by Anna Krien | Black Inc.

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport

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Awards for Night Games

  • Winner, 2014 Davitt Award for Best True Crime Book
  • Winner, 2014 William Hill Sports Book of the Year
  • Winner, New Writer of the Year Award at the 2015 Cross British Sports Book Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2013 Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award
  • Shortlisted, 2014 Adelaide Festival Award for Non-Fiction
  • Shortlisted, 2014 Stella Prize
  • Shortlisted, 2014 Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Non-Fiction
  • Shortlisted, 2015 Cross British Sports Book Award for New Writing

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About the author

Anna Krien

Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. Anna’s writing has been published in The Monthly, The Age, Best …

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Praise for Night Games

‘One of the most anticipated books of the year.’ —Books+Publishing


‘A balanced and powerful exploration of the grey area of sexual assault’ —Advertiser


‘Krien is both adept and fiercely honest in her examination of male sporting culture.’ —Australian Women’s Weekly


‘Anna Krien's Night Games exposes AFL culture. In a captivating dialogue, Krien's explores sex, power and privilege in Australia's sporting culture. Read it and you'll never think about the Saturday game in the same way.’ —Sydney Morning Herald, ’20 Important Moments for Women in 2013’


‘Krien’s style, a recognisable signature now, is one of intelligent listening. Once again she has managed to present a riveting and disturbing set of stories, voices and arguments that are not structured into a polemic, but that nevertheless draw a clear case for cultural change.’ —Melbourne Review 


‘Krien expertly teases out the shades of grey in her investigation of sex, consent and power.’ —Big Issue, 'Top Books of 2013'

‘With a balanced yet fearless voice, Krien doesn't shy away from exploring the darker side of AFL’  –Matt Golding, Walkley Magazine


‘Despite the challenging nature of its subject matter, Anna Krien’s book is balanced yet fearless, and as compelling and involving as any previous winner. [It is] a painstaking, intelligent, but above all, open-minded examination of an immensely complicated area.’ —Judges comments, William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2014


‘Anna Krien’s terrific book, so curious and exploratory, sat perfectly for me. Her testing and teasing out of so many assumptions changed the way I felt about football.’ —Wheeler Centre, Best Books of 2014


‘Krien has produced a book of note which has justly earned comparisons with Helen Garner’s The First Stone. Her detailed research, sharp observations and intelligent writing, mixed with compassion for the two lead players in this unhappy drama, make Night Games a serious addition to the literature on sport, sex, consent and power.’ —Australian


‘The work of a compassionate and expansive intelligence.’ —Sydney Morning Herald


‘For every superstar, club CEO, boundary rider, bar-propper and park footballer, it should be mandatory reading.’ —Sunday Age


Teachers' Resources


Themes: football and Australian sport culture, consent, toxic masculinity, power

Reading age

Year level: 10–12


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