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    New Book - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy



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

    In this unique memoir, Murphy takes the reader inside his seventeen-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 rupture: the man described as the spirit of the Bulldogs has soul, and it’s made of leather.


    How did the country kid with a gypsy’s heart become an All-Australian captain? What’s it like to have your club reach the Grand Final for the first time in sixty-two 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 great 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.

    About the author


    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 first player ever to …


    Release date: 30 Jul 2018
    RRP: $39.99
    Imprint: Nero
    Format: Hardback

    Pre-order here

    Premierships: AFL 1954, 2016 VFA - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, VFL: 2014, 2016 . Champions of Victoria 1924. AFLW - 2018.

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    Re: New Book - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy

    Its a boom time for Bulldog Books!

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    Re: New Book - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog Revolution View Post
    Its a boom time for Bulldog Books!

    I hung out and hung out for the release of Unleashed but now there are more books about the footy club than you could poke a stick at.
    AFLW Premiers 2018




    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




    Arlo Guthrie

    WOOF NUMBER 6

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    Re: New Book - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy

    Its a glorious time to be a bulldog literary guru

    Not to long a go I read Brad Johnsons book, Im ready for Bobs

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    Re: New Book - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy

    I have a feeling Bob's book might be a cut above Brad's! (No disrespect to Johnno)

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    Re: New Book - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy

    Didn't Bob have a book called Murphy's Lore a few years back? Or was that just his columns from The Age?

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    Re: New Book - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy

    Quote Originally Posted by jazzadogs View Post
    Didn't Bob have a book called Murphy's Lore a few years back? Or was that just his columns from The Age?
    Refer avatar in post above.

    Yes the book was a collection of his Age columns.
    Premierships: AFL 1954, 2016 VFA - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, VFL: 2014, 2016 . Champions of Victoria 1924. AFLW - 2018.

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    Re: New Book - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy

    Pre-Order here
    Premierships: AFL 1954, 2016 VFA - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, VFL: 2014, 2016 . Champions of Victoria 1924. AFLW - 2018.

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    Re: New Book - Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues by Bob Murphy

    Book Signing :

    Western Bulldogs fans can be the first to get their hands on a physical copy of Bob Murphy’s upcoming brand-new book, Leather Soul.

    The former Bulldogs captain is set to release his second book, following the success of Murphy’s Lore, which was published in 2015.


    Murphy will appear at VU Whitten Oval from 9am-9.45am on Saturday, July 28, where fans can purchase Leather Soul from the Bulldogs Shop ($39.99) and have it signed by the man himself.


    In his unique memoir, Murphy takes the reader inside his seventeen-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 rupture: the man described as the spirit of the Bulldogs has soul, and it’s made of leather.


    How did the country kid with a gypsy’s heart become an All-Australian captain? What’s it like to have your club reach the Grand Final for the first time in sixty-two 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


    Published by Black Inc Books, Leather Soul is also available via the Bulldogs’ online shop from Friday, July 20 (please note; due to delivery times, copies purchased online are unlikely to arrive before Murphy’s book signing day on July 28).
    Premierships: AFL 1954, 2016 VFA - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, VFL: 2014, 2016 . Champions of Victoria 1924. AFLW - 2018.

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