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FATHER'S DAY CATALOGUE
John Purcell - The Booktopia Book GuruDear Wayne,

If you're on the lookout for great gifts for your father or you're a bloke looking for something to read, this is the place for you. Not that these books can't be read by women. I have nothing against women. Many of my best friends are women. So is my mum, now that I come to think of it. What I'm trying to say is that I have put this collection of books together with a male audience in mind. You know, for Father's Day.

I have broken the books up into handy sections: His Fiction - His Past - His Sport - His Home - His World and His Bargains.

Go directly to our Father's Day catalogue by clicking here - or scroll down for a preview.

Kind Regards

John Purcell
The Booktopia Book Guru
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HIS FICTION
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by Dean Koontz


Odd Thomas has seen danger and he has seen death. He lives between two worlds, communicating with the lingering dead.

He stands between us and our darkest fears, never failing the tests that confront him, whatever the cost.

Now he has found refuge in a crumbling mansion in Santa Barbara, along with his closest friends both living and dead. But the house is a place of terrible secrets, haunted by lingering spirits. And there is a stranger, more frightening presence still ... 

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by Daniel Silva

When last we encountered Gabriel Allon in PORTRAIT OF A SPY, he was pitted in a blood-soaked duel with a deadly network of jihadist terrorists. Now, exposed and war-weary, he has returned to his beloved Rome to restore a Caravaggio masterpiece for the Vatican.

But early one morning Gabriel is summoned by his friend and occasional ally Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to the Pope. The broken body of a beautiful woman lies beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. Donati fears a public inquiry will inflict more wounds on an already-damaged Church so he calls upon Gabriel to use his matchless talents and experience to quietly pursue the truth -- was it suicide, or something more sinister?

Gabriel discovers that the woman revealed a dangerous secret that threatens powers beyond the Vatican. And an old enemy plots revenge in the shadows, an unthinkable act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. Once again Gabriel must return to the ranks of his old intelligence service -- and place himself, and those he holds dear, on the razor's edge of danger.

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SAY YOU'RE SORRY
by Michael Robotham
  LIONEL ASBO
by Martin Amis
  BENEATH THE DARKENING SKY
by Majok Tulba
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THE MARMALADE FILES
by Steve Lewis,
Chris Uhlmann
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by Terry Pratchett
  WATCHING THE DARK
by Peter Robinson
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HIS WORLD

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by Paul Jordan


From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian gaol, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge and curses the miscalculation that robbed him of his freedom. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produce a young man hell bent on being the best of the best - an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS.

He survives the gut-wrenching training regime, deployment to the jungles of Asia and the horrors of genocide in Rwanda before leaving the army to embark on a career as a security adviser. His new life sees him pursuing criminals and gun-toting bandits in Papua New Guinea and the Solomons, protecting CNN newsmen as the US 7th Cavalry storms into Baghdad with the outbreak of the Iraq War, and facing death on a massive scale as he accompanies reporters into the devastated Indonesian town of Banda Aceh, flattened by the Boxing Day tsunami.

During his 24 days in an Indian gaol, Paul Jordan discovers that friendship and human dignity somehow survive the filth and deprivation. This is a personal account of a tough, hardened fighter who suddenly finds himself totally dependent on others for his every need.

The Easy Day was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest and raw, but laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan's eventful life, however, is the strength of his bonds with family and friends and the ability of the human spirit to survive even the direst adversity.
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THE COCAINE DIARIES
by Paul Keany,
Jeff Farrell
  FIT, FIFTY AND FIRED UP
by Nigel Marsh
  BAND-AID FOR A BROKEN LEG
by Damien Brown
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TOTAL LEMONS
by Tony Davies
  OUTBACK SURVIVAL
by Bob Cooper
  QF32
by Richard De Crespigny
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HIS SPORT


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by Michael O'Loughlin


When Michael O'Loughlin was drafted by the Sydney Swans at just 17 years of age, he was the no. 40 selection and the last player picked. Back then he could not have imagined the extraordinary future that awaited him: the numerous awards and accolades, the respect and admiration of fellow players, a huge number of personal supporters, and a record-breaking 303 games in the red and white.

This is the inspiring story of Michael's life from the childhood lessons of hard work and self-belief imparted to him by his mother, Muriel, to the discovery of the stunning sporting ability which would take him into the elite legions of AFL.

By 2009, Michael had broken the Swans' games record. He had kicked more goals for the club than anyone except the legendary Bob Pratt. He played more finals for the Swans than any other, and became one of just three Indigenous players in the history of the sport to reach 300 games.

MICKY O is the extraordinary story of a kid who combined his talent with sheer determination to become one of the greatest AFL players of all time.

Buy a copy of Micky O before August 31st 2012 to go into the draw to win either a cap or a guernsey
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We have one cap and one guernsey to give away. They could be yours.

OLD SCHOOL
by Nathan Hindmarsh
  HOWZAT!
by Christopher Lee
  THE COMPLETE FISHING BIBLE
by Alistair McGlashan
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HIS PAST

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The Complete Story of the Australian War
by Bruce Davies


Take a journey back to the front line with two Australian veterans as they retrace the footsteps of soldiers and politicians, villagers and the enemy in a meticulously researched new history of the Vietnam War.

For Australians, Vietnam remains one of most difficult - and controversial - wars we have fought. On the fiftieth anniversary of Australia's first involvement comes Vietnam: The Complete Story of the Australian War, for anyone who wishes to understand why Australia went to war, and who wants to make sense of the intensely unrelenting warfare.

For Bruce Davies and Gary McKay, the history of Vietnam - its wars, colonial domination, its search for freedom and its subsequent loss - speaks to an Australian anxiety of a very small population far away from the centre of an empire to which it was firmly committed. The rise of Japan, the War in the Pacific and the postcolonial independence of the peoples of Southeast Asia, coupled with the mercurial influence of Ho Chi Minh and the rise of communism, form the background to the commitment of Australian forces.

Vietnam takes the reader to the front line, describing the experiences of soldier, politician, villager, enemy; and into the war room to unpick the military and political strategies. We see the challenges the Australians faced against not only a dogged enemy, but also those by the allies in their quest to defeat a powerful counterinsurgency. The authors' new archival research in Australia and America raises questions about the operational performance of both sides, and recently discovered documents shed new light on the enemy's tactical thinking.

Meticulously researched and marked with acute critical analysis and a deep understanding of the place and the war, Vietnam shows the experience of Australian soldiers as never before.
ANTARTICA - A Biograpghy
by David Day
  THE STORIES THAT CHANGED AUSTRALIA
by Sally Neighbour
  WILD COLONIAL HISTORY
by A.K. MacDougall, Geoff Hocking
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HIS HOME


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by David Darcy


Australian Mongrel is a photographic exploration of Australia's relationship with this beloved icon. Renowned photographer David Darcy explores the lives of a diverse range of dogs from the land down under, from working dogs to suburban canines, Aboriginal camp dogs to the ordinary Aussie mongrel.

Accompanying the dogs is a cross section of people who share their lives with man's best friend, and the many stories and yarns that go with them. Featuring ordinary working folk, mums and dads, indigenous people and countless other characters, their narratives are often funny, sometimes heroic, frequently heartfelt and moving, but always worth telling.

Australian Mongrel is also a showcase of the Australian landscape. Dogs play the lead role, but it is the combination of canine personality, the relationship between location, human and animal, that allows a true connection with these distinctive, nostalgic and honest portraits. Click here for internal images...

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HIS BARGAINS

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by Allan Tannenbaum


New York in the 70s is a personal collection of photographs documenting an exciting chapter in New York's history and a remarkable body of work produced by photographer Allan Tannenbaum while he was a photo editor of the SoHo Weekly News in Manhattan.

The photographs encompass many aspects of New York life while capturing the heady exuberance of the era, from SoHo and the art world to the city's politics and society.

By photographing everything from street gangs to disco divas, from the homeless to Hollywood stars, Tannenbaum had assembled a personal diary of his journey as a photo journalist and ranconteur through a strange and exotic era of New York life.

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THE RELUCTANT HERO
by Michael Dobbs
  RAWHIDE
by Frank C. Robertson
  CADEL EVANS: The Long Road To Paris
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BRETT LEE: MY LIFE
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  ALL ABOUT LAWNS
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TEXT AUSTRALIAN CLASSICS

Text Classics series offers thirty great books by Australia's most loved storytellers-classically priced at only $9.95 each.

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ENGLISH PENGUIN LIBRARY
Stupidly gorgeous, outrageously collectible - there will be 100 volumes when they are done and I will have
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