[ book ] Leather Soul

August 10, 2018

Leather Soul

Bob Murphy

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Bob Murphy is more than just an AFL footballer, or newspaper columnist—he is an artist with words. He’s never been your typical player—slight of build, a bit left of centre, quirky—but his commentary on the game is refreshingly different, and he’s carried this into his football autobiography.

Murphy writes beautifully of his experience as a captain, interwoven with reflections from his career. While this is still a football book, it transcends the usual fare due to Murphy’s talent for painting pictures with words and setting scenes so that you are travelling beside him rather than looking from afar. 

I felt his pride in his club, I laughed and mused and wanted to get out and kick a football myself.

Tags: Salvation Army Australia

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