Inspiring Gifts for Father’s Day

by Inga Yandell

Make Father’s Day memorable—give your dad a gift that inspires.

AMAZE DAD by the ability of our brain and body to regenerate.
How Far Can You Go by John Maclean (Simon & Schuster, 2016) $32.99.

When John Maclean was struck down by a truck while training for a triathlon at the age of 22, the elite athlete was left paraplegic. He insisted that he’d walk again, but it became clear John would need to shift his focus, and take his beloved father’s words to heart: ‘How far can you go?’ With fierce tenacity, determination, and the love of family and friends, John became one of the most accomplished wheelchair athletes in the world, and the first paraplegic to swim the English Channel. But John still longed to walk, hand in hand, on the beach with his wife and their young son. It wasn’t until he discovered a radical therapy that John was able to reach his full potential by retraining his mind and body to unlock new neural responses . . . and stand, walk, and fulfil his dream. How Far Can You Go? is John Maclean’s amazing story, and his quest to walk again after 25 years in a wheelchair.

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GIVE DAD A HEARTY DOSE of danger and deep belly laughs!
All this in 60 Minutes by Nicholas Lee (Allen & Unwen, 2016) $32.99.

The hilarious inside story of life on the road as a 60 Minutes cameraman. For more than thirty years Nicholas Lee was a cameraman on 60 Minutes, Australia’s most respected and watched current affairs program, alongside Ray Martin, George Negus, Ian Leslie, Richard Carleton, Mike Munro, Jennifer Byrne, Liz Hayes, Tara Brown and Peter Overton, among others. All This in 60 Minutes is the revealing and often hilarious memoir of his time with the show– of the crazy days of unlimited expense accounts, of late nights and bleary mornings, the fun and fear on the road, and in the refugee camps and war zones. It goes inside the IRA, Idi Amin’s torture cells, and into palaces and mud huts. It recounts unforgettable trips on B-52s, ultra-lights and the Orient Express. And it takes you behind the interviews with the famous and infamous—from presidents, rock stars, despots and kings, to pygmies and manic, charismatic gurus. The result is a book that is a compelling, funny and utterly eye-opening tribute to the kind international news-gathering that just doesn’t happen anymore.

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SEND DAD INTO OUTER SPACE for an astronauts-view of our planet.
A Beautiful Planet 3D (IMAX Films, 2016) $14-23.

Narrated by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, A Beautiful Planet 3D features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet, and the effects humanity has had on it over time, captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The film showcases striking imagery including ocean cyclones, lightning storms, the crystal-blue waters of the Bahamas, the boot of Italy and mesmerising views of cities at night. The film also captures scenes from around the globe that cause concern such as drought-stricken California, deforestation and climate change, urging audiences to start taking better care of our planet. A Beautiful Planet 3D offers a thoughtful look into humanity’s relationship with Earth and delivering an important environmental message alongside breathtaking views of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Showing in Sydney and Melbourne IMAX theatres from 8th September, bookings via Box Office.

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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