Australia's favourite yarn-spinner Murray "Muz" Hartin will bring his new tome to where it all began - Tamworth - this weekend.
His latest offering of poems and columns, Fair Crack of the Whip, will have the best-of and the brand-new.
In true Muz style, the totally Aussie, character-filled stories promise to have readers laughing one minute and choking back tears the next, "but mostly you'll be laughing - a lot", he said.
Muz will launch his book to Tamworth readers, sign copies and spin some of his classic yarns at Pirates Rugby Club, for which he played more than 100 first-grade games in the decade from 1985.
It's also fitting that it's during Tamworth Country Music Festival, which launched his poetry career when he won the inaugural poetry contest in 1987.
Fair Crack of the Whip includes his best-known poems: his career-making Turbulence, about the late, great Alice Springs cattleman Billy Hayes; and the haunting Rain From Nowhere about drought and depression - which is as relevant now as ever.
It also features a collection of the columns Muz wrote for Moree Champion, The Northern Daily Leader, Newcastle Herald and The Border Mail during his years as a journalist in the late '90s and early 2000s.
"I worked out I wrote 170 columns when I was working in newspapers," Muz said.
"They were about little stories that would have been in the news, things I thought deserved more comment, so I'd write an 800-word column."
There's also some never-before-published material such as a poem on mining magnate Gina Rinehart, who played a role in the creation of the latest book.
Fair Crack of the Whip is Muz's fifth book but his first launched with a publisher.
He hadn't been planning to put one together any time soon, as he didn't have enough material to "justify" it.
However, a chance meeting with publisher Michael Wilkinson at the launch of Ms Rinehart's book, Things We Love - which includes Rain from Nowhere - resulted in a book deal.
Fair Crack of the Whip is available online and in bookstores.
The event will be at Pirates Rugby Club, Kent Street, at 6.30pm on Saturday, and will be somewhat of an informal reunion, too.
The cover charge of $20 includes a sausage sandwich and a $5 donation to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.