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About Ken Piesse

Author, commentator and master storyteller KEN PIESSE is Australian sports most published living author with a rare passion for cricket and football.

Ken has written, edited and published 85 books – 84 on sport – and edited more than 500 magazines on cricket and AFL football.

His lively, anecdote-driven delivery style makes him a favourite on the after-dinner speaking circuit. He works for P & O cruise lines as a guest speaker, among many outlets.

Ken has been president of the Australian Cricket Society for more than a decade and is a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club Media Hall of Fame and the Australian Football Media Hall of Fame. Cricket Victoria awarded him its Major Media Award for the third time in 2015 for Cricket’s Cinderella Story, Chris Rogers’ extraordinary comeback, published in the ACS’s ‘Pavilion’ magazine.

His latest book is one of the best of all, essays on Australia’s 70 One-Test wonders, entitled Fifteen Minutes of Fame. Previously he wrote a biography of the wild colonial boy, CEC PEPPER, the best cricketer never to have represented Australia, born and bred in the NSW central-west. It was launched in Pep’s old home town of Parkes in 2019/

More than a dozen of Ken’s books have been written with leading cricketers Max Walker, Terry Jenner and Brad Hodge and footballers Dermott Brereton, Tony Lockett and Jason Dunstall.

Ken with Belle, his pride-and-joy Chesapeake. They swim every day all year round.

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Ken is a vibrant, passionate and inspiring guest speaker, who knows the world of cricket like no other person I know -– and I have been a cricket lover for more than 50 years,

Bill Craddock

President, Mercantile Cricket Association, Melbourne

‘Ken is an ideal dinner guest speaker. He has a wide range of stories, especially in cricket and football. He has many yarns on various players, which are not common knowledge. He’s a very entertaining speaker and very easy to listen too. Ideal speaking voice. Suit mixed audience. Highly recommended,’

Phil O’Meara

Chairman, Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association, Melbourne