On Ya WarnieKen Piesse, Paul Harvey
The Ultimate Celebration
Shane Warne was captivating and outrageous, a once-in-a-lifetime genius.
The Warnie aura transcended the game. Always the grand master, he bought an unequalled theatre to the game. He was a rock star in creams: captivating, charismatic, and caring. He danced and cavorted, he challenged and flaunted. Australian sport’s ultimate headliner, he made cricket cool. No-one, not even Don Bradman, won more cricket matches for Australia.
On Ya Warnie celebrates Australia’s ultimate celebrity cricketer, taken from us so cruelly before his time. It features the yarns, the laughs, the flippers, the fancies and much, much more.
About the author:
Ken Piesse is Australian sport’s master storyteller and most published living sports author. He has been a Warne devotee ever since 16-year-old Shane had him stumped in a school match at Keysborough. Ken was sitting in row 5 of the MCG’s old Cigar Stand when Warnie flippered out Richie Richardson. He was there when Warnie took his one and only hat-trick and he was there at St John’s when Warnie was sensationally axed from Australia’s Test team. Unlike Warnie whose leg-breaks spun viciously, Ken’s leggies were far friendlier. A batting allrounder, He captain-coached Frankston Peninsula’s third XI for almost 15 years, without even once being asked to play in the twos. Warnie contributed two forewords to two of Ken’s earlier books, Terry Jenner’s autobiography (in 1999) and a history of Warnie’s club, St Kilda CC (2005). Ken’s 64th and most recent cricket book was released in 2022: Fifteen Minutes of Fame, Australia’s 70 One-Test Wonders.
Paul Harvey is one of Australia’s most talented, diverse, and accomplished artists. Based in Melbourne, Australia ‘Harv’ as he is widely known is widely celebrated for his work. Harv has had a long working relationship with sporting bodies. He has designed merchandise and on-field jumpers, on field mascots and club logos, caricatured major sponsors and retiring players, administrators, and sporting CEOs. He illustrates an illuminated certificate for the AFL Brownlow medalist each year, the AFL Hall of Fame and has illustrated the Life Membership certificates for Melbourne and Collingwood. His work appears on everything from stubby holders and t-shirts to roller blinds and huge room sized murals. Harv has also been prolific in the book department, being involved with around 60 books as the illustrator and has written and illustrated two children’s books.