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Robertson, Ben

Ben Robertson is a former journalist with the Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail. He was bureau chief of their Gold Coast and North Queensland newsrooms in the early 1990s before becoming a reporter with WIN television based in Cairns and Townsville. He has worked as a freelance journalist and sub-editor for IPC Magazines in London and later for Brisbane News magazine where he wrote an architecture column and travel features.

Ben is the author of The Von: Stories and Suggestions from Australian Golf’s Little Master about Australian sporting legend Norman von Nida (UQP, 1999) and The Second Father: An Insider’s Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption (UQP, 2009), the memoir of former undercover policeman and Italian migrant Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola.

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Hear Me Roar: The Story of a Stay-At-Home Dad

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Ben Robertson was a successful journalist when he and his wife decided to have children. In a life-changing move, Ben enthusiastically volunteered for the role of Mr Mum while his wife became the main breadwinner.

$29.95

The People's University: 100 Years Of The University Of Queensland

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Founded in 1909, the University of Queensland was a gift to the people in celebration of the state's Golden Jubilee of separation from New South Wales. From humble and challenging beginnings in a tough frontier society, the University of Queensland has grown into one of the top 50 universities in the world with over 40,000 students across 50 sites. The People's University commemorates a century of learning and research that has produced alumni who have gone on to become Nobel laureates, Oscar winners, state premiers, Olympic medallists and celebrated writers. Little-known facts and much-talked-about public triumphs come together in this lively narrative that recognises the university's rich past and dynamic present. Featuring over 140 images, The People's University also showcases UQ's unique natural landscape that stretches from the Great Barrier Reef to the banks of the Brisbane River. But it is not just its environment that has made the University of Queensland iconic; it is the people who have taught, worked and studied here over the last hundred years - they have created an enduring legacy that will see the university through its next century. The People's University is a lasting tribute to every one of them. Paperback edition. Limited edition hardback also available.

$55.00

The Second Father (paperback)

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From Brisbane’s sleazy Sin Triangle to drug busts in the wild far north, former undercover cop Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola tells his incredible tale of underworld crime and police corruption. After joining the Queensland Police Force in the 1960s, Mick risked his life infiltrating illegal gambling dens. In the 1970s he saw the ugly face of entrenched corruption in the seedy Licensing Branch, waging a long and bitter battle with now disgraced police commissioner Terry Lewis and the infamous bagman Sergeant Jack Herbert. From Special Branch hard-man and bodyguard to a detective investigating some of Australia’s most brutal murders, Mick’s career was a white-knuckle ride until he retired in 2001, never letting up in his fight against standover men, violent crims and cops on the take.

$24.95

The Von: Stories and Suggestions from Australian Golf’s Little Master: 100th Anniversary Special Edition

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In celebration of his life, this limited special edition has been released to coincide with the unveiling of The Von Bronze statue at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane.

$20.00

The Von: Stories And Suggestions From Australian Golf's Little Master

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Norman von Nida - The "Von" - is a national treasure, Australia's last remaining link to a glorious era in sport which stretches back to the late 1920s.The creation of this book has been a remarkable collaboration between eighty-five-year old Norman von Nida and the thirty-year-old Ben Robertson. Ben is a journalist by training and aspired to be a book writer. Norman cannot write because of his blindness yet wanted his life story told in his own words. The process of creating this book required an unusual intimacy and trust. Norman would tell Ben his stories in his inimitable yardspinning style and Ben would then write them, retaining the von Nida nuances. This process has produced a book of great freshness and character which is also easy to read. It. s like having a series of good yarns with Norman von Nida. Norman von Nida is a legend of Australian golf. He is one of only a handful of players alive in the world today who locked horns with golfing legends such as Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Henry Cotton, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan. He counts among his friends the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Peter Thomson, all of whom have contributed generous forewords. The pathfinding legacy he has provided for Australian golfers is without peer. He is to Australian golf what Donald Bradman is to Australian cricket. Ben Robertson has done Norman von Nida and the Australian public a great service by bringing "The Von's" story to life.

$20.00

Who's Who in the Zoo

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More incredible stories from the authors of the best-selling The Second Father: An Insider’s Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption.

$29.95