Tyger Tyger

Michael HydetygerTyger

Seventeen-year-old footballer, Johnny Carbone is a flawed genius. One day kicking goals from the boundary, forty metres out and the next, kicking into the man on the mark when he has the chance to win the game for his team, The Ballantyne Tigers. He has dreams of playing at the top level but can’t ‘get it all together’.

Johnny is dogged by a constant nightmare where he follows, and then is hunted himself, by a dark animal he doesn’t recognise. He develops a friendship with an old man, Charlie, who unwittingly provides Johnny with one of the keys to his dream; the nemesis of his sleeping story.

Tyger, Tyger is about young men growing up; the symbols that guide our lives; fathers and sons; and the poetry of sport.


Tyger Tyger has captured the heart and soul of our great game. It’s truly engrossing… a wonderful read.” – Richard ‘Ossie’ Osborne, over 300 VFL/AFL games.

“Michael Hyde’s writing is simultaneously direct and allusive, poetic and frank in its perceptive exploration of adolescent identity.” – Pam Macintyre, Editor, ViewPoint.

“Hyde is definitely a writer worth watching.” – Stephen Matthews, Australian Book Review.

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