Michael O’Leary’s cult cricket novel Out of It has been re-released through HeadworX Publishers in Wellington hot on the heels of a new 2011 e-book edition from Me Books. Copies of the new paperback edition can be ordered direct from HeadworX, email: mpirie@xtra.co.nz See information and details on the book below:

New Book Information from HeadworX

Title: Out of It: A Novel Cricket Novel
Author: Michael O’Leary
Editor: Mark Pirie
Release: February 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-473-20113-5
Extent:  64 pages
Category: NZ Fiction
Format: paperback
Publisher: HeadworX

About the Book

Michael O’Leary’s Out of It was first published in 1987.
Since then it has become aNew Zealand cult classic and is possibly the onlyNew Zealand literary cricket novel published here.
The novel conjures a surreal cricket game betweenNew Zealand and an invitation Out of It XI at Eden Park, Auckland, in dadaist and modernist prose in the Irish-Maori tradition.
This new 25th anniversary collector’s edition, edited by cricket poetry anthologist and poet Mark Pirie, adds amendments to the first edition along with appendices, including a full scorecard of the Out of It innings, notes, an interview with the author and a bibliography of New Zealand cricket fiction and poetry.
25 years on, Out of It, as Pirie writes in the foreword, ‘remains a highly imaginative, original and colourful read.’

Cover image: Iain Sharp after an illustration of W G Grace, 1895

‘If you are a collector of Bohemian cricket memorabilia, this book is for your shelf. It is certainly a boon to te kirikiti o Aotearoa…’– Rangi Faith

‘O’Leary has … the demeanour of a cricket umpire – when he says it’s out then it’s out. He can also lob an impressive ball down a pitch as he can play a riff à la Hendrix on any available instrument.’ – Gregory O’Brien

About the Editor

Mark Pirie is a New Zealand poet, editor, writer and publisher. In 2010, he edited the successful anthology of NZ cricket poetry A Tingling Catch (foreword by Don Neely) and currently writes its offshoot blog Tingling Catch.


Two poems by Michael O’Leary appear in broadsheet 8 (November 2011).

The first ‘From P.H. D. to PhD’ is a ballad relating the accomplishment of his recent PhD at Victoria University of Wellington’s Gender and Women Studies Dept.

The second poem ‘The Last 48 Seconds of Kurt Cobain: A Poemumentary’ was first published in Benedict Quilter’s Cobain tribute book Blue Eyed Son (Independent Women Records, Wellington, 2010).