Peter Newlinds worked for ABC Radio Grandstand for 18 years through the 1990s and 2000s. His name and voice will be familiar to cricket followers around Australia, and also to the followers of many of the various sports the ABC has covered over the years. Peter provides a unique perspective on the life of the broadcaster as someone who may not have been one of the biggest names on radio but nevertheless was always there, someone whose voice was heard routinely on most days over summer as the cricket broadcast went ‘around the grounds’.
In Around the Grounds, Peter shares memories and insights that will fire sparks of nostalgia in Australian sporting enthusiasts. In this marvellous memoir, Peter recalls teenage years working inside the grand scoreboard of the SCG, to the pressure of auditioning for the ABC in front of a childhood hero, and then through a long career with the national broadcaster. It’s the story of the sporting fan who manages to live out the ultimate sporting fantasy: working as a commentator with one of the world’s great sporting broadcasters.
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'To hear Peter Newlinds’ voice on ABC radio was to be taken to a better place: his prodigious memory and knack for creating vivid word pictures was infused with a generous, enthusiastic nature. Around the Grounds is the chance to spend hours in that gentler, more caring place. In describing how his hobby became his profession, Peter brings that boyish spirit and warm voice to the page. It reminded me of Stephen Chalke’s miniature masterpiece about a love for sport, Now I’m 62. I can’t bring higher praise than that. Once I finished the last page, I was sorry to have to leave Peter Newlinds’ world.'