Lindrum podcast on ABC Conversations

“I listened to your interview with Sarah Kanowski on “In Conversation with Richard Fidler” on Podcast via ABC site. What an amazing story, you were so articulate and you revealed a wonderful story which one would love to continue hearing for hours, 45 minutes seemed to be just 15 minutes. When I started listening I could not stop. Well done!”

Wonder Chakona
Vice President
Pan African Community Foundation

‘The Uncrowned King by Jan Lindrum is a family story..’ Dr John Troughton

The Uncrowned King by Jan Lindrum is a family story, a famous family. It is a history story, meticulous in its details of events, places and people. It is a history story with connectivity, how this detail about people, places and events are linked, a strong network that allowed the skills and creativity of a few to be expressed and thrive. This story is then told within and intertwined with a bigger story unfolding at the same time, the physical, commercial and social development of Australia. Sport was central to social development, billiards were a part of sport, but more than this it was, as accurately told, also part of the social and commercial fabric.

It was a pleasurable experience to unconsciously be navigated by the author through this multidimensional view of individuals, both brilliant and ordinary citizens, and their experiences. The story is now recorded as part of Australian history, otherwise lost or obscured. It does genuinely establish the international sporting prowess of the Lindrum Family and in the story behind the achievements over many generations. The achievement of one, is the result of the energy and effort of many, they are acknowledged.

Human stories never end. It is remarkable to follow this story from small beginnings in far off places but with a smooth continuity that led through many generations. There is emotion in this, carefully recorded and told, the ups and downs, on the field, off the field. History would not be the same without the human response, emotions, being told directly and indirectly as a part of the narrative. To capture this and integrate it into the story is a skill exhibited here.

This historical account has been crafted in words by the author to retain the authenticity yet engage the reader to understand and visualise the context of the history. History can be made living, enjoyable and genuine. The author achieves this in this contribution to Australian sporting, social and commercial history. Now this story has been told, the story will now be spread, not just to current and future Australian generations but as an international story of interest to many.


Dr John Troughton
Agricultural Scientist and Director of Cities of the Future
September 2016

Wonder Maxwell Chakona – The Uncrowned King – ‘..the greatest story ever told’

Dear Dr. Jan,

To be honest I felt humbled and honoured to receive a copy of your manuscript. The whole family was thrilled by such an honour which you awarded to me. Dr. Jan you really made my stay in Australia much valued. Your story is the greatest story ever told. You really connected me with Australian history. Your father was a great man and a legend of all times. Wow!

Wonder Maxwell Chakona, Vice President, Pan African Community Foundation

A wealth of information

Dear Jan,

I read The Uncrowned King and really enjoyed it.  You crammed so much in this book and if you consider the wealth of information in the footers, amazing!

I particularly liked your stories about Horace on tour and his adventures will Mr Inman, who I have some of his personal items for which I’m very proud of.  When Horace played Uncle Frederick III for the Australian Billiards title, I just wondered how close was the match was?

It’s fascinating to think that from 1947 to 1954 Fred Davis and Walter Donalson featured in every world final except 1952 between Horrace and Mac and no wonder they reacted and challenged Horace after he beat Mac.

Wikipedia statement:

Due to a disagreement with the Billiards Association and Control Club and the Professional Billiards Players’ Association (PBPA), Lindrum and McConachy were the only players to compete, with most professional players playing in the World Professional Match-play Championship instead. As a result, Lindrum’s title win is sometimes ignored, with Cliff Thorburn (Canada), Ken Doherty (Republic of Ireland) and Neil Robertson (Australia) usually regarded as the only non-United KingdomWorld Champions.[5]

This is a bit harsh considering some earlier championships were played on a challenge basis only, i.e only two contestants.

Kindest Regards,

Darren Howard

A bit harsh!!!! It is bloody disgusting. The three champions mentioned are not true champions.  True champions hallow other champions.

Janne (Jan) Clara Lindrum

John Carrick – The legendary Lindrums who conquered the world of snooker

Jan Lindrum combines a daughter’s affection with a scholar’s detachment in writing about her famous father Horace Lindrum, a leading member of the world’s most remarkable family of snooker and billiards champions.

The Uncrowned King depicts other renowned Lindrums, including Frederick and Walter, and tells of the generations of expert Lindrum billiardists who preceded them, first in Germany and then in Australia.

There were, of course, not only the men who played the games but the capable and loyal Lindrum women who managed, organised, planned, supported and kept the whole demanding show on the road for many decades. As well, they ran the world-famous Lindrum’s billiard rooms in Melbourne and Sydney, where the sport’s elite gathered and competed.

We read about the arcane world of professional snooker, which calls for the highest levels of self-discipline, skill, strategy, endurance and artistry. Added for flavour is a dash of showmanship as Horace performed the dazzling trick shots that delighted audiences.

The author has preserved for present and future readers a significant slice of sporting history that transcends the limits of sport. She gives readers new insights into the social history of the nation in the early 20th century, between the wars and after 1945.

Ms Lindrum introduces us to colourful Australian characters and a way of life that can seem simpler, clearer and more distinctive than our much more diffuse and cosmopolitan contemporary mode. Through many photographs, illustrations and memorabilia, the book evokes a nostalgic twinge for a time that has passed.

In this absorbing tale, meticulous research and imaginative writing bring to vivid life a fascinating family whose wizardry with the cue is not likely to be seen again.

John Carrick, editor, The Uncrowned King


Congratulations! What a wonderful achievement… Your book holds pride of place in our library. I started to read the content and could not believe the work that you put into this work but know it was for a special reason. My Dad played snooker as did my husband John so the names to me were all recognisable although I never associated you with this history.  Again, congratulations.

Norma Pesavento,  Wollongong, New South Wales

Reviews from the ABC Conversations Podcast

“Listening now to you on the ABC. Fascinating and moving story.” – Paul Rybak from Wollongong.

“Lovely voice on radio.” – Denise Everton

“Just listened to your ABC interview. You were great. Congratulations.”  – James Shortall

“Listened to your interview on my phone this morning. You were very good and the interview went very very well.. You must be very proud.” – Keith McDonnell

“It was very interesting to listen to your interview with Sarah Kanowski on the ABC “In Conversations with Richard Fidler”. A generation of billiard champions in Australia. WOW! That’s amazing.” – Kumar Advani, Advani Tailors

“How wonderful to hear your incredible storytelling voice again. Enormous congratulations to you for the publication and release of your work,, ‘The Uncrowned King’. Well done, Jan! I hope a new print is around the corner. I am honoured that we are a part of the sequel.” – Alexander Dimech, Churchill Guest House, Dover, United Kingdom

Examiner Notre Dame University, Sydney Australia

The Uncrowned King is a beautifully presented, profoundly original, and provocative piece of work. It is both a critical and creative study of biographical and autobiographical acts. Its subject is the life of the author’s father, Horace Lindrum, who was one of the finest snooker players in sporting history. The creative writing is exuberant and energetic.

Examiner Notre Dame University, Sydney Australia (First year manuscript evolution under Professor Gerry Turcotte)

Extract from Examination of Thesis Proposal for PhD

‘ amazing ancestry!”…Errol Pickering

Dear Jan,

I have just finished reading your book. A great mix of poetry, drama and history.  The family issues were absorbing – you have an amazing ancestry!

Errol Pickering, Economist, Sociologist, Founding director Australia’s Hospital Accreditation System as National Director of the Australian Council on Hospital Standards, Executive Director of the Australian Hospital Association then Director General of the International Hospital Federal based in London. Past President UNICEF Australia and Member of the Gold Coast RSPCA Branch Committee PhD (UNSW)

Examiner Notre Dame University, Sydney Australia

The final section of Lindrum’s thesis is an excerpt from a creative work, based on the life of Horace Lindrum. It is written with great exuberance and captures with great vitality a world of opportunists and entertainers – the intriguing and mysterious world of the circus….Lindrum is to be commended for producing a highly original and engaging thesis.

Examiner Notre Dame University, Sydney Australia (First year manuscript evolution under Professor Gerry Turcotte)

Extract from Examination of Thesis Proposal for PhD

Lindrum & The Uncrowned King “sets the record straight”…

I was so happy to hear from you. I have been looking over your web page and I have to say that I am honestly in awe of you! How someone could do what you have done – take boxes and boxes of newspaper and magazine clippings, pictures and so on – sort, arrange, catalog, index, as well as everything else involved in compiling your family history, and put them into a readable format such as “The Uncrowned King” impresses me to no end! I can certainly understand, in reading your “pilgrimage,” how you had periods of depression, elation and finally joy in knowing that your dream of writing about your family’s history and correcting the injustices brought up on your family has finally came to fruition. These as well as being able to “set the record straight,” right the wrongs that were said about your family, namely your father, and to know in your heart that you have done your level best has to feel so rewarding.

Pat Karbs Casper, USA

“The story is so human.”

“I was very impressed with your interview. I have spent most of my life involved in snooker and have always keenly sought after stories and videos of Horace and Walter. I was close to a gentleman who once played with Horace. He spoke glowingly about your Father’s skill and character. This man passed on to me some tips that he had learnt from Horace. Thank you for writing the book. Australian sporting history is very important. I am extremely grateful you have taken the time and effort to share such an important story about one of our greatest talents….

I am very impressed with the story and how much work you must have put into it. The highest congratulations are deserved on your part. The story is so human.

The book only heightened the respect I hold for your Father. He sounded and acted like a thorough gentleman.  I now wish I had plied more questions to those who knew him. I am sure he was very proud of you. You have made me realise that Horace, in many ways, is at least the equal to the legend of Walter. Your book helped me to understand this, and I will try to put some balance into this fact when discussions take place about both of them.

The ribbon you so kindly wrapped the book in, I now have firmly in my snooker case. Every time I pull my cue out for action, I try to play and act as Horace would want me to. That is with fairness, sportsmanship, respect to the playing environment, opponent and spectators. This attitude alone has improved my snooker in the last few days. The ribbon will be my permanent reminder of the memory of your great Father.”

Ron Eyles
Central Coast, NSW

Professor Paul Ashton

The strength and originality of this work lies in its rich investigation of a significant but largely ignored, internationally famous figure in Australian sporting history, Horace Lindrum. Clearly a labour of love, the work is competent, well contextualised, highly readable and well presented.

Professor Paul Ashton, Professor Public History at the University of Technology and co-director of The Australian Centre for Public History and the centre for Creative Practise and Cultural Economy

Author The Accidental City: Planning Sydney since 1788 and Sutherland Shire: A History (1993)

Excerpt from Examination Report DCA

..BILLIARDS AND SNOOKER…’It brought out all the conversations I used to have with Joy’

Hi Jan

Just wanted to let you know that I read your book over the weekend. I absolutely loved it. I love the way you have actually written the book. I learnt a lot about billiards and snooker. The information about your father was wonderful. The book was full of facts, humour and laughter and I even shed a few tears. What a wonderful life they had together travelling the world. What a great legacy.

It brought out all of the conversations I used to have with Joy in the early days of our outings together. There were so many things I didn’t know and it was wonderful to read about them. Throughout the book I kept getting images of Joy which made me both happy and sat at the same time. I now have a lovely image of the man your father was. Well done. You should be very proud of yourself.

Kind Regards,

Judy  – 
Home Instead Senior Care, Gold Coast
(Dear and much loved friend and companion to our beloved Mother 2011-2016)

Professor Douglas Booth

The Uncrowned King is an excellent piece of work in which Janne traces five champion players across four generations, from her great-great-grandfather (Friedrich Wilhelm), great-grandfather (Frederick William II), two great-uncles (Frederick William III and Walter Albert) and her father (Horace Norman William). The Memoir is a family saga set against the rise and fall of cue sports; it intertwines scores of relationships and captures all the tensions, traumas, intrigues and rivalries that they invoke. The form is first class and the text is eloquent.The historical content is rich and Janne uses footnotes with great effect to provide detail as well as background and context and, in some cases, to establish the mood.

In conclusion, Janne Lindrum has produced a well written, insightful and engaging Memoir. I  believe that the Memoir is an eminently publishable piece of work.

Professor Douglas Booth, University of Otago

Excerpt from Examination Report DCA


“The Uncrowned King” is superb. What a roller coaster! Horace, Walter, Joy…I really enjoyed it. Jan, you got the mix of facts and story just right. Certainly, Horace had an interesting life, travelling all over the world. It came across really well, a seamless story, enough interest and intrigue. Well done. You have a gift for storytelling and I can’t wait to read “Next Chapter: In the Blood”.

Carl Alderson Operations Director MACE Australia Sydney

Professor Edward J. Blakely

Horace Lindrum was bigger than his time.
The Uncrowned King is the story of a great man who shaped and was shaped by his nation Australia and his times. A ‘MUST READ’ for all Australians who remember the Good Ole’ Days and for those who like to take walks down memory lane.

Professor Edward J. Blakely
Author of many works including, My Storm: Managing the Recovery of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina (2016)

The Uncrowned King….will make a great film

‘The Uncrowned King’ is overwhelming, intriguing, FANTASTIC.  The story will make a great film – ‘In a time that has past’.

David Waddington, Producer Director at Imagine IF Productions

Dr. Siobhan McHugh says of The Uncrowned King ‘…I want to see the film’

Keep going, Jan, I want to see the film.

Dr. Siobhan McHugh
Oral Historian, writer, documentary-maker

Author of many works, including, The Snowy – The People behind power (1989) and (1995) Shelter from the Storm (1999) and (2007) Minefields and Miniskirts: Australian Women and the Vietnam War (1993) and (2005)

The Uncrowned King is a “complete immersion” in Lindrum history

Jan, your book is fascinating and written in a manner reflecting your complete immersion in the tale. I am finding it difficult to put it down.

Wayne Robinson, Poolworks, Grafton, NSW

Keith McDonnell

Hello my darling Jan. I don’t know where to begin. I am reading your manuscript. It is truly gripping and to come across John and I in the Waikato is truly amazing. I don’t ever remember giving you any information but I thank you from the bottom of my heart to include us in your beautiful book. It is just fantastic. How did you ever get the time to put all this together. I admire your strength, guts and determination all these years to finish what you started and I count myself lucky to have you in my life.

Keith McDonnell, Gold Coast

Lindrum is ‘a most talented author’

What an incredible story!!!  You are a most talented author.

Dee Dee Hanson,
As seen at The Reel Awards, Playing Joan Rivers in Las Vegas

Robert Lynden-Bell, Turramurra

A great read. Well done.

Robert Lynden-Bell, Turramurra

The Uncrowned King – “….a huge and complex story”.

I have read a great deal of your book and have to compliment you. Your work is truly an “academic masterpiece”. The research, the history and your incredible art in using the English language is really fantastic. BRAVO what an achievement!!! I am awed by your ability to write such a huge and complex story.
The Triple Soldier And my Mother: A True Story (2017)