Over the Top with Jim received a kind word from Finch Publishing in Sydney which awards a $10,000 prize each year for an unpublished memoir.
Interviewed by Kelly Higgins-Devine on 612 ABC Local Radio (Monday 12 October 2015) publisher Rex Finch said that Hugh Lunn’s Over the Top with Jim (still in print) “was phenomenal in terms of its breadth of appeal. I think it opened up readers who’d never read a book since schooldays, a bit like A.B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life and Clive James’ Unreliable memoirs.”
Rex Finch told Kelly Higgins-Devine that a good memoir that appeals “contains humour and really develops characters in the story”.