Author, Neridah McMullin aspires to write stories that matter; some are little known, some are long forgotten, but all are created to capture and inspire a child’s imagination.
Neridah’s new book, Side by Side – In the Beginning is a story of hope and passion – about a young nation finding its feet – about a football club that’s been around for more than 100 years, surviving times of war and depression.
Even those who aren’t supporters of the Collingwood Football Club will be fascinated by the history of how Collingwood became the club it is today.
One hundred years ago, football was played on rough, muddy grounds and it wasn’t unusual for a defender and his opponent to sit down on the ground when the play was up the other end or for them to chat with each other and spectators while the game was going on.
For the record, I have never been a Collingwood supporter, but as someone who has a fascination with history, I enjoyed taking a journey back through Collingwood’s past.
Side by Side – In the Beginning was written for 5 to 10 year-olds and according to author, Neridah McMullin,
the concept behind it was to create a book for a parent and a child to share and pour over together.
It’s a work of narrative non-fiction with detailed and fascinating full colour illustrations by Ainsley Walters and photos of players and memorabilia.
The story is set in 1916 during World War 1 and told through the eyes of Charlie who goes to his first football match. Fact is combined seamlessly with fiction as the reader learns about the true history of the club and some of its heroes through the fictional character of Charlie.
Former Collingwood Captain, Nathan Buckley had this to say about Side by Side – In the Beginning.
To read about the Collingwood champions of the past and relive the moments in history that made the club what it is connects us all over again, Whilst looking to the future we can never lose sight of our past.
Side by Side – In the Beginning is the first of a trilogy and Collingwood Football Club’s goal is to preserve folklore stories.
See the Book Trailer at www.onedayhill.com.au