Michael O’Leary’s New Zealand cricket novel, Out of It, republished by HeadworX in 2012 [original first edition by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, 1987], has been reviewed by Benjamin Golby in The Cricket Monthly, the international cricket magazine online. Check out the article at the link below:




Michael O’Leary is pleased to announce the republication of his fiction books on the international Smashwords epublication site.

Click on these links to the Smashwords site, and Michael O’Leary’s fiction ebooks:

Straight: Dreamlander Express trilogy: Book 1


Unlevel Crossings: Dreamlander Express trilogy: Book 2


Magic Alex’s Revenge: Dreamlander Express trilogy: Book 3


Out of It: A Novel Cricket Novel


The Irish Annals of New Zealand: Novella


Before and After: Stories and Poems


Michael O’Leary’s cricket novel received a brief but good review in the Cricket Society’s Journal. Out of It, edited by Mark Pirie, was re-released as a 25th anniversary edition through HeadworX:

Review of Out of It by Michael O’Leary (HeadworX Wellington, New Zealand)

If there has ever been a stranger book on cricket, I’ve yet to see it. I always thought that Willie Rushton’s W. G. Grace’s Last Case was the strangest but this one ……………………. Well, it’s a reprint of a 1987 book which is apparently a ‘cult classic.’ The main story (?) is of a one-day match between a proper New Zealand side led by Jeremy Coney and a team named Out Of It. The latter team is skippered by the Maori chief Te Rauparaha with Bob Marley as Vice-Captain and the likes of Janis Joplin, Oscar Wilde, Jimi Hendrix and Hermann Goring playing (look, I’m not making this up!) with a running radio commentary from standard and made-up broadcasters. It reads not unlike one of the earliest Dadaist offerings, written under the influence of hallucinogenics and although that almost certainly isn’t the case, it may have been the author’s intention to read as if it was. Perhaps it’s about dislocation in society – perhaps it isn’t. Maybe it’s about a suburban man becoming unsettled in real life and entering the surreal world of the imagination – and maybe it isn’t. It’s unclassifiable (and occasionally, in parts, unreadable) but if you suspend disbelief, a kind of logic can be found. It’s not a spoiler to let prospective readers know that, unlike the song, Goring lasts for three overs and not the obligatory two balls, however small. If you can find an inexpensive copy, you will have something in your collection that will be unique.

Review by John Symons, Editor of The Cricket Society News Bulletin

(From Journal of the Cricket Society, Volume 26, No. 3, Autumn 2012, UK)

The poem ‘Rubesahl’ and an extract from the novel Unlevel Crossings by Michael O’Leary appears on the following blog Aotearoa Affair Blog Carnival with links:

Blog Carnival #1: CROSSINGS.

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.

An interview with Michael O’Leary about the republication of his 1987 novel Out of It as an e-book and his interest in cricket appears on Mark Pirie’s Tingling Catch blog.

Aotearoa/New Zealand writer and publisher Michael O’Leary has just republished two of his novels as e-books.

The books Straight and Out of It were first published by his company Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop in the 1980s.  The two novels have maintained a cult status in New Zealand literature for their dada and surrealist techniques.

Both books are available from Amazon.com as Kindle e-books.

Six poems from Michael O’Leary’s Out of It appeared recently in Mark Pirie’s anthology, A Tingling Catch: A Century of New Zealand Cricket Poems 1864-2009 (HeadworX, 2010).