Friday, December 27, 2013

Summer Read - Father Bob



FatherBob: The Larrikin Priest – Sue Williams


This is the life story of Father Bob Maguire - a rare behind-the-scenes look at the much-loved 'people's priest'.  The enigmatic champion of the down-and-out was shaped by a lonely childhood in poor circumstances, an early priesthood that collided with the upheaval of Vatican 11 and working with the army during the Vietnam War.  This is a lively portrait of the man behind the resilient social activist and popular media performer who refuses to be defeated by enforced retirement from the parish over which he presided for nearly forty years.

Bob Maguire: ‘Some people have called me a maverick or a larrikin or a renegade, or they say I'm plain mad… People will have to decide for themselves.  But just one thing: Don't ever make me a saint.  Because that is something I'm most definitely not.’

Sue Williams is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Women of the Outback; No Time For Fear – the story of shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder; Mean Streets, Kind Heart: The Father Chris Riley Story; Outback Spirit; and Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest.

Her other books include Outback Spirit; Welcome to the Outback; Peter Ryan: The Inside Story and 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.


1 comment:

  1. In tandem with reading this book over the summer, people are highly recommended to see the documentary on Father Bob's life, in Bob we trust. This is currently showing at Nova Cinema and is a great doco.