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.
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.
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.
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