William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular writers, delighting readers with his memoirs A Man's Got to Have a Hobby and That'd Be Right, his novel Cricket Kings, and his insight into Australian life since the 1940s, The Making of Modern Australia. In 2011, with his wife Sarah Watt he co-wrote Worse Things Happen At Sea, their celebration of family life in words and pictures. In 2006, A Man's Got to Have a Hobby was selected as one of the Books Alive 50 Great Reads and William was named Australian Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). In 2007, Cricket Kings was shortlisted in the Australian General Fiction Book of the Year category at the ABIAs. Worse Things Happen at Sea was named best non-fiction title in the ABIAs and the Indie Awards 2012.