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Description - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker's Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy

'A young, naive kid, with a brand-new football. Over time, the leather aged from the bumps along the trail. The Footscray winters and some glorious liniment-scented afternoons. All of the laughs, the scraps, the yarns and characters. The game. It all left a mark on me, on my soul.'

Bob Murphy has never been a typical footballer. Music buff, Age columnist and Winnebago driver, he is as comfortable in a quiet corner of a Fitzroy cafU or the front bar of a grungy pub as he is in the locker room.

Murphy takes the reader inside his 17-year career, including his three years as captain of the Bulldogs, exploring the people, places and events that shaped him- from playing backyard cricket in 1980s Warragul to Community Cup with Paul Kelly in the 2000s, and from the joy of marrying his high-school crush to the agony of a season-ending ACL ruptures.

How did the country kid with a gypsy's heart become an All-Australian captain? What's it like to have your club win the grand final for the first time in 62 years and have to cheer from the sidelines? How does it feel to realise you can no longer do the things that made you great?

The celebrated Australian football bard Martin Flanagan has long insisted Bob Murphy has a book in him like no footballer has written. Leather Soul proves him right.

Buy Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker's Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781760640521
ISBN-10: 1760640522
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 160mm x 30mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Nero
Publisher: Black Inc.
Publish Date: 30-Jul-2018
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy played for the Western Bulldogs from 2000 to 2017 and was their captain from 2015 to 2017. In 2015 Murphy was named captain of the year at the AFLPA awards and was also captain of the All-Australian team. The following year, the Bulldogs won their first premiership in sixty-two years. Murphy has written regularly for the Age, and his first book, Murphy's Lore, was published in 2015.

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