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Pick up some great books for Dad over the Father's Day Weekend

Macquarie University, Sat 31 Aug–Sun 1 Sep

Give Dad the gift of reading this Father's Day. At Lifeline's Giant Book Fair at Macquarie University on Sat 31 Aug and Sun 1 Sep, you'll find a breathtaking array of books for every type of dad in categories ranging from Crime Fiction, Thrillers and Mysteries, to Biography, Memoir, History, Military, Sport, Comedy, Travels and Adventures, Art, DIY, Cookery, Gardening and Comics.

And if reading isn't Dad's thing, there's a mammoth collection of good-quality DVDs and CDs to choose from instead — everything priced at a fraction of retail cost.

But don't just shop for Dad; pick up a book or ten for yourself among the more than 60,000 books on sale in over 50 general and specialist categories for all tastes and interests. Families will be drawn by an impressive collection of books for young people. For the very young right through to late teens and school students, a vast and diverse selection of reading books, picture books and textbooks awaits.

This year, there's also a huge range of recent editions in the Medical, Alternative Medicine and Health categories, covering a wide range of topics that include cancer, depression, men and women's health, natural remedies, first aid, anatomy and physiology, nursing and medical dictionaries.

A highlight of all Lifeline book fairs is the extraordinary assortment of Special Editions offered on a first-come-first-served basis. A full list of rare and collectable volumes being made available will be posted on the Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury (H2H) website two weeks before the event:

But here's a sneak peek at just some of the gems to be snapped up:

  • The Complete Plays, William Shakespeare, The Folio Society, 8-vol set in two slipcases

  • The World Crisis, Winston Churchill, 5-vol set

  • Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom, May Gibbs (possible first editions)

  • A first edition of George Orwell's classic, 1984

  • The Works of Alexander Pope, containing an authentic edition of his letters

  • Cranford, Mrs Gaskell

  • Historical Records of New South Wales – 10 volumes, incl. photographic plates, foldout maps and letter facsimiles

  • John Macarthur, M.H. Ellis (limited edition no. 80 of 100 copies)

  • Life in England and Australia: A Memorial by John Bunyan McCure

  • The Arabian Nights, The Folio Society 6-vol set in two slipcases

  • The Seasons, James Thomson – an 1852 illustrated edition of the four poems penned in the 1720s

  • The Wet Parade, American Outpost, Between Two Worlds by Upton Sinclair

  • An Ogre Up to Date, by celebrated author of Seven Little Australians, Ethel Turner

  • Australian Album 1857, Sydney, J.R. Clarke Music Publisher (includes ten lithographic plates and eight musical scores – extremely rare)

    Lifeline's first book fair at Macquarie University last year proved so popular that it is now a permanent fixture in Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury's book fair calendar. So don't miss this fantastic community fundraising event at this centrally located and convenient venue over the weekend of 31 August–1 September at Macquarie University. All book fair visitors will be permitted free parking on campus. Cash and card payments both accepted.

    And remember: every cent you spend will go towards Lifeline H2H's suite of services, including the 24/7 telephone crisis hotline 13 11 14, community aid, and group counselling for people struggling with gambling, hoarding, financial issues, suicide bereavement and much more. For more information on Lifeline or the Macquarie University Book Fair, go to


    Lifeline provides crisis support at any time via phone: 13 11 14 (24 hours / 7 days a week); by webchat at (7pm – midnight every day); and is currently trialling a text messaging service on 0477 13 11 14 (5pm – 9pm AEST.)

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    When: Sat 31 August - Sun 1 September, 8am–5pm
    Where: Macquarie University, 12 Wally’s Walk, North Ryde
    Cost: Free entry and free parking
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