AN expat author has been making international headlines with her debut novel.

La Cala-based Julie McSorley and her son Marcus have retold the incredible tale of Australian javelin thrower Reg Spiers in Out of the Box.

After failing to qualify for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, the aptly-named Spiers found himself penniless and desperate to return to his homeland.

Unable to afford a plane ticket, the then 22-year-old concocted a devious scheme with rival British athlete John McSorley – the husband of Julie – to pack himself into a crate and air-freight himself back to Australia.

Featured in The Telegraph, as well as in numerous local media, the book has been receiving rave reviews worldwide.