+612 9045 4394
 
Father Bob : The Larrikin Priest - Sue Williams

Father Bob

The Larrikin Priest

Paperback

Published: 24th April 2013
In Stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days
RRP $29.99
$25.25
16%
OFF

eBook View Product

Published: 24th April 2013
Format: ePUB
$14.99

Father Bob Maguire is a man of passion, creativity and humour; he is part Billy Connolly, part angry Old Testament prophet and part compassionate Mother Theresa (he would hate this categorisation). But he has a unique combination of traits and in each he is a risk taker.

He is an elusive chameleon, a man of brilliant riddles.

His life story has not been told – or rather, he has told it in random pieces, for people to put together like a jigsaw puzzle. Sue Williams is the first person to attempt to capture his whole story.

For 39 years, Father Bob was parish priest of Sts Peter and Paul church in South Melbourne, until his boss forced him to retire. From this base, and through his foundation, he worked, hands on, with the homeless, sick, criminal and addicted. He has had successes and failures. In his own words, Father Bob sees his work as a 'life-long attempt to empower teens, twenty-somethings and even children to be their unique selves … unique contributors in recreating the world and the cosmos'. He believes that the Father Bob Maguire Foundation needs to be 'urgent, sensitive to young people's fragile dreams and flexible in responding to young people of every class and creed'.

At 78, Father Bob shows no signs of slowing down, giving in, or shutting up.

About the Author

Sue Williams is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Women of the Outback, Outback Spirit and Getting There – Journeys of an Accidental Adventurer.

Her other books include Peter Ryan: The Inside Story; Mean Streets, Kind Heart: The Father Chris Riley Story; No Time For Fear – the story of shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder – as well as And Then The Darkness, about the disappearance of the British backpacker Peter Falconio, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Golden Dagger Award in the UK for the true crime book of the year, and the Ned Kelly Awards in Australia. Also an award-winning journalist, Sue was born in England, and worked in print and television in the UK and New Zealand. She spent many years travelling around the world before falling in love with Australia in 1989. Since settling here, she has written for many of Australia's leading newspapers and magazines. In stark contrast to the Outback, Sue's apartment is in the most densely populated part of Australia – Sydney's Kings Cross – where she lives with her partner, writer Jimmy Thomson.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (8)
  • Engaging characters (6)
  • Well written (6)
  • Informative (4)
  • Page-turner (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Older readers (7)
    • Gift (6)
    • Younger readers (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual reader (3), Everyday reader (3)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-8

    Back to top

     
    5.0

    Compulsory reading

    By Thommo

    from Sydney

    About Me Bookworm

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Older Readers

      A beautiful book, written with honesty & in down-to-earth language for anyone to read.

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      One of Australia's true characters

      By JP

      from Tom Price, WA

      About Me Everyday Reader

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Older Readers

        A great insight into one of Australia's true characters. An easy read, yet informative.

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Great read

        By Rose

        from Melboyrne

        About Me Casual Reader

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Younger Readers

          Great read, interesting character, great insight to the man.

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          A glimpse into the life of one who cares

          By Wasper

          from Adelaide, SA

          About Me Everyday Reader

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Informative
          • Page-Turner

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Younger Readers

            A splendid profile of one who really cares for the less fortunate.

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Worth a look at an Aussie character

            By Paramedic

            from Sydney

            About Me Everyday Reader

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Informative
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Catholics And Victorians
              • Gift
              • Older Readers

              paperback easy to hold and page turn

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              easy reading about a Saint of a man,

              By Slow reader

              from Melbourne au

              About Me Casual Reader

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Informative
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Travel Reading
                • Younger Readers

                Very quick service

                Comment on this review

                 
                4.0

                Gives you a bit of a laugh

                By Jen bear

                from Geelong

                About Me Bookworm

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Read
                • He Is A Funny Man
                • Informative
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Older Readers

                  No problems with anything.

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Father Bo

                  By heide

                  from Stuarts Point NSW

                  About Me Casual Reader

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Read

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Older Readers

                    Great service. Also loved reading Father Bob.

                    Comment on this review

                    Displaying reviews 1-8

                    Back to top

                    ISBN: 9781921901317
                    ISBN-10: 1921901314
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 368
                    Published: 24th April 2013
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 2.9
                    Weight (kg): 23.2
                    Edition Number: 1