The Boots

by Rossco Robertson


In The Boots, all Mikey has to do is get his mate’s lucky boots to the stadium – but when Mikey accidentally loses them, his day is turned upside down.

Will he find them – and if so, will it be in time for the game?

In trying to meet the deadline, Mikey has to cope with weekend crowds, hamburger cravings, a girl with a fox tattoo, Jedi Knights, and a bunch of footie supporters who are hell bent on getting their hands on those lucky boots.

Mikey always thought Karma was a myth. But he may just become a believer.

Author Rossco Robertson’s debut novel is published with the support of  South Sydney Football Club.

Ariel Bookstore Review:

Great local novel that is sure to become one of the best rugby league novels EVER!

Lots of drama and relatable characters, and guess what? You don’t have to be a Souths fan to enjoy it! (But if you are a Rabbitohs fan, this is a no-brainer).

Foundation club, foundation book.

Huge amount of fun!

The Boots is available in paperback at Ariel Bookstore, 98  Oxford St, Darlinghurst, or as an eBook here.

The Boots is a story about:

  • The morning after a hard night
  • A mate’s loyalty to his friend, a League star
  • Pulling out all the stops – and then some …

A football hero forgets his boots on Grand Final day. But with a great mate like Mikey how could things get stuffed up? Is Mikey up to the challenge? He needs to get those lucky boots to his best mate at the stadium in time.

Whatever football code or team you follow, you’ll love this story. It rocks!

There’s football, there’s camaraderie, and there’s something special about those boots!

Watch out for Jedi Knights, girls with fox tattoos and fervid football fans.

Souths fans understand that, like Mikey, you give it all you’ve got and then after the game there are no hard feelings. Once the shouting dies down, we can all look forward to the next showdown.

There’s what happens on the field, there are the behind-the-scenes tensions – especially when it comes to getting THE BOOTS to the game on time – and once there’s a win, all bets are off.

A book for all seasons – especially the football season, the preliminary finals, the finals and the Grand Final – plus pre-season dreamtime and post-match ruminations.

5 Star Amazon Reviews

Wow, what a fun story. Talk about living your day to the fullest.
This was a fun read. well written and flowed very well. Fast paced and kept you wanting to turn the page to see what happens. I love how all of the events from the night before come back in some way to either help or make Mikes day that extra difficult. I thought this would be a story for Rugby league fans, but clearly a story for anyone!
Enjoy! Iced Cooly

It is the day of the NRL grand final and Mikey has to get his mate’s lucky boots to the stadium on time. What follows is a rollicking, rollercoaster of a ride through city crowds, hostile football supporters and Jedi Knights. Lurking in the background is the mysterious girl with the fox tattoo. Fast paced and exciting, this book is a thoroughly good read. Muriel Shih

Fast paced and fun 5 STAR
Great story, felt like the movie Run Lola Run. Worth a read for sure. I would recommend this to a friend. SnowWarrior (Brisbane)
What a fun story 5 STAR
Surprised with this one. Couldn't put it down. It is fiction but part of me was feeling it was a real story. Certainly a story NOT just for rugby league lovers, everyone could enjoy this adventure. Superman68 (Sydney)

Thrilling account of Mikey’s wild Grand Final Day 5 STAR

Hung-over Mikey attempts to save his mate’s Grand Final whilst trying to remember the name of the girl with the pink hair he met last night. Dark city lane-ways, Jedi Knights, a stolen Tintin figurine, relentless pursuits by the dark forces of assorted demonic opponents and burly security officers – the reader wonders if positive karma can possibly save him. A warp speed account of an amazing day trying to deliver Jake’s Lucky Boots. Warwick (Sydney)

The Boots: The story is compelling, having many scenes of fast-paced action where the characters seem to be immersed in many facets of emotion, inner dialogue and interaction. With elements of science fiction and sports references interplaying into the story, this adds a dynamic and balanced imaginative aspect, appealing both to people of those interests, and others who are looking for a quick escape into another world. Many places of familiarity and memory are revered in this book, local places in Sydney which have clearly had an impact on  the author’s mind.   Lewis Hallett

The Boots: A ripping yarn about football boots, friendship, fate and one fantastic day – it will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the final whistle.  Miles Hunt

THE BOOTS is about a guy with a very bad hangover trying to get some lucky boots to his mate Jake, who’s a star South Sydney footballer playing in the NRL Grand Final against the ‘Hills Lions’.

The hero is Mike and he’s got a few challenges to overcome. Between battling the hangover, losing the boots, chasing a street person and being chased by Lions fans, he keeps on running into people he can’t remember that he’d met the night before.

It’s written in the first person and covers everything he does while fulfilling his quest, in detail. It’s effective as a portrait of a person’s mind in a self-inflicted state of pain and confusion, watching every step. You might even feel every swagger, tummy rumbling and burp.

It is also a nightmare tale – you’re reminded of every dreadful dream you’ve had trying to get somewhere but getting steered off-course. It sent shivers up my spine.

THE BOOTS is a fable about tribal loyalties, which are happy and sad, ugly and beautiful, or simply confused. And they all get a guernsey here. Along the way it toys with cosmic karma ideas and luck, calling on the universe to intervene. There are quite a few Star Wars references, which would be really amusing for fans.

In the end I enjoyed the quest. It’s a good yarn that satisfies some primal need of going on a journey and achieving a quest, like a spell. I won’t tell you whether he gets the girl – you’ll have to read the book yourself. Jim Piotrowski



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