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July 2013








198 x 128 x 20 mm


300 g

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Fox Swift

Fox Swift is a brilliant and engaging new football book for children. Combining a gripping, laugh-out-loud story with expert football tips and training drills from Hawthorn superstar Cyril Rioli, as well as witty cartoons, Fox Swift is the perfect read for any child who’s passionate about Aussie Rules.

Fox Swift is an 11-year-old football star. When his family moves from the city to the small country town of Davinal, Fox has to choose which of the town’s two teams to join: the rich Dragons, which attracts all the best young footballers, or the Diggers, a struggling club that battles to field a side each week.

Following a run-in with the captain of the Dragons, Fox decides to join the Diggers, and even manages to recruit a few new players— two Sudanese refugees, the mumbling but super-tough son of a farmer, and a girl who plays in a helmet to disguise her identity—and even a new coach. When the coach contacts AFL ‘magician’ Cyril Rioli, the Aussie Rules superstar agrees to lend his football expertise to the struggling team.

With Cyril’s help, can the Diggers change their fortunes and win the premiership? And can Fox and his new friends prevail over the school bullies?

Combining the sporting prowess of Cyril Rioli, the wickedly funny words of comedic writer David Lawrence, and the delightful drawings of Jo Gill, Fox Swift is page-turner that will have children anxiously anticipating the next instalment.


David Lawrence

David Lawrence, is a comedy writer whose TV credits include , Hamish & Andy, TV Burp and Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation. He runs the successful comedy business Laughing Matters and has performed in five Melbourne International Comedy shows. He has won three Brownlow medals in a parallel universe.

Jo Gill

Illustrator Jo Gill is a comedy writer/performer with TV, improv, and theatre experience. She has written for shows on every TV network including a three year gig as Head Writer for the Logies (she is still in therapy). While her knowledge of football could be written on a postage stamp in crayon, she would rather use that crayon to draw mischievous cartoons.


United Way Ballarat

Read about Fox Swift and David Lawrence's school visits in United Way Ballarat

Reading Time

Read about Fox Swift on Reading Time

The Miner

Read about Fox Swift and author David Lawrence's school visits in The Miner

Buzz Words

Read a review of Fox Swift on Buzz Words

My Little Bookcase

Read a review of Fox Swift that appeared on My Little Bookcase

Tasmanian Times

Read a story about Fox Swift and David Lawrence that appeared on the Tasmanian Times website

Before the Game

Cyril Rioli chats to Strauchanie on Before the Game.

MMM Melbourne - Rush Hour

Listen to Cyril Rioli on MMM Melbourne - Rush Hour on the 21 August.

My Child

View a Fox Swift competition that appeared on the My Child website

A Little Birdy Told Me

Read an interview with Fox Swift illustrator Jo Gill on A Little Birdy Told Me

Kids Book Review

Read a review of Fox Swift from KBW which was a recommended read for July

Joy FM

Listen to David Lawrence being interviewed on Joy FM's Let Talk Footy

Leader Newspapers

Read a story about David Lawrence and Fox Swift that appeared in the Stonnington Leader

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Listen to David Lawrence's interview on Mornings with Glenn Ridge

Radio Sport National

Listen to Cyril Rioli being interviewed on RSN Breakfast with Chrisso & McGuane


Read a Fox Swift post on the Readings blog by David Lawrence


Books+Publishing review

Hawthorn Football Club

Read about the 'Fox Swift' Junior membership offer available from Hawthorn Football Club

AFL Players Association

Read a story about Fox Swift on the AFL Players Association website.

Hawthorn Football Club

Read a post about Fox Swift that appeared on Hawthorn Football Club's website

Herald Sun

Herald Sun, Saturday June 29 2013

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Sports Banter

See a Fox Swift giveaway competition posted on the Sports Banter website

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