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Father’s Day reads

As Father’s Day approaches and Christmas speeds towards us as well, we have a look at some books for our male readers. Whether he loves beer, getting immersed in a bikie tale, a spot of history or a light-hearted read, there’s sure to be something here that will inform, entertain and inspire.

The Outlaw and the Hitman

The-OutlawCaesar Campbell made a name for himself as an enforcer for the Comancheros and Bandidos bikie gangs in the 60s and 70s and was shot six times in the Milperra Massacre in 1984. He may have retired to the Snowy Mountains, but Caesar still has some stories to tell. In this third book in his series of bestsellers, Caesar has just been shot again. It’s 2014, and he’s in a coma wavering between life and death and re ecting on the good times and mates that have gone before. The resulting stories are gritty tales of the underworld and bikie culture, woven with hard-won life lessons.

Author: Caesar Campbell with Donna Campbell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
RRP: $34.99

Dodging The Devil

Dodging-The-DevilTales from the frontline of World War One don’t come more descriptive or eloquently told as this collection of George Martindale’s letters to his family during his three years’ service. Witnessing some of the biggest battles of the war, including landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, and fighting at Lone Pine, Fromelles and Bullecourt, George’s letters give a unique insight into his feelings and opinions around these events and daily life on the front. The book also includes George’s photography from the war and images of his original letters, with commentary from Nick Brodie placing these in historical context.

Author: George Martindale
Publisher: Hardie Grant
RRP: $29.99

The Great Australasian Beer Guide

Australian-Beer-GuideRegardless of how much you know about beer or what you like to drink, this guide is sure to have something to please your palate – whether you’re looking for something familiar or wanting to expand your beer horizons. Gone are the days when a beer choice consisted of either VB or XXXX, there are now more than 300 breweries operating across the country – from small craft beer producers to multinationals. Beer expert James Smith shares Australia’s best breweries and beers and offers a fascinating history of beer in Australia, a breakdown of the brewing process, brewery profiles and advice on serving and matching beer.

Author: James Smith
Publisher: Hardie Grant
RRP: $29.99

Australia: A German Traveller in the age of gold

AustraliaThis first English translation of German travel writer Friedrich Gersta?cker’s popular travelogue is an entertaining and unique insight into Australia in the 1850s. Having walked across the Andes and traipsed through the goldfields of California, Friedrich sailed over the Paci c and arrived in Australia in 1851 in search of new adventures. And he certainly found many, including riding a mail coach from Sydney to Albury, drifting down the Murray in a hand- made canoe and voyaging through the Torres Strait. Infused with insight and humour, this is a great read for anyone embarking on their own Australian travels or with an interest in our colonial past.

Author: Friedrich Gersta?cker, edited by Peter Monteath
Publisher: Wakefield Press
RRP: $34.99

Seriously Funny: The Endlessly Quotable Terry Pratchett

Terry-PratchettOne of the most quotable writers of our time, Terry Pratchett’s unique brand of wit made him both a bestseller and an endearing source of modern wisdom. This collection is filled with his funniest and most memorable words about life, the universe and everything in between. Each page features one quote, making the book a handy source of laughs and advice. Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series, the rest of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books before he passed away in March 2015.

Author: Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Penguin Random House
RRP: $27.99


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