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An Indian Summer of Cricket : Reflections on Australia's Summer Game

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Malcolm (now Cate) McGregor  has  had a rich and varied life. Apart from serving as  Army chief David Morrison's speechwriter, he  was a  former political staffer to John Hewson and Bob Carr, as well as an internationally renowned cricket writer (most recently for The Spectator). As Malcolm, he shocked the political establishment in 2012 when he publicly confirmed his transition to Cate McGregor. The army respectfully kept the secret for months, allowing Lieutenant Colonel McGregor time off to write this memoir, while undergoing hormone therapy and an extraordinary personal transformation.  

An Indian Summer of Cricket: Reflections on Australia's Summer Game is a personal diary of a tumultuous summer that started with the anticipation of a heroic sporting contest and became an audit of the author's life and times. Part memoir, part meditation   on  Australia's cricketing, military and political history, this is a fascinating  book which not only includes  interviews with players, commentators and cricket lovers, but also portraits of numerous political figures, shrewd  insights into the changing nature of the Australian character,  and its  army, as well as  deeply personal revelations.

Built around the 2011/2012 Indian cricket team tour of Australia, the sport as metaphor for life aspect comes to the fore with McGregor's own life beginning to come apart at the same time as India's tour disintegrated.  Despite having been   diagnosed as transgendered back in 1985, but resolving, in his own words, to “man up” and get on with life, the strain eventually became too great. Between the end of the series and finishing the book, faced with total personal collapse or a leap into the unknown, Malcolm became Cate.  

Hardcover, 261 Pages, Published 2013  

Author: Malcolm / Cate McGregor

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