No Ordinary Bloke

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HarperCollins Australia, Jan 1, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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When the tsunami hit Asia on Boxing Day, 2004, it claimed hundreds of thousands of lives - but changed, and probably saved, the life of Donny Paterson.
the former army engineer, with a history of chronic injuries, depression and addiction, was floating somewhere above rock bottom - aimless, traumatised, anchored only by his family - in particular, wife tracey and the promising rugby league career of his son, future Newcastle Knights player, Corey. But something in the shocking devastation of the tsunami moved him. Within days, Donny was on a plane to Sri Lanka. Landing in Colombo he met three fellow travellers and together they took a chance and drove south. Arriving in the shattered village of Peraliya, they found a community without, food, water, medicine, homes or livelihood. the events that followed were remarkable ... a rescue effort, a village saved, an award-winning documentary, red-carpet treatment at film festivals, and, for Donny, a Cannes penthouse stay as guest of actor Sean Penn. How could this have happened to an ordinary Aussie bloke? Rough diamond Donny is proof of what can occur when the extraordinary deep within is tapped.
 

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Contents

MAP
FOREWORD
PREFACE
1SERENDIPITY
2AN UNHAPPY CHILDHOOD
3ESPRIT DE CORPS BULLSHIT
4CIVILIAN LIFE
5THE THIRD WAVE
11NEW MAN IN MY OLD WORLD
12MOVIE STARS
13CANNES AND MONTE CARLO
14PERALIYA AND ITS PEOPLE TODAY
15DONNY TODAY
16IT COULD HAVE BEEN YOUR FUNERAL
A WIFES OUTLOOK
PHOTOGRAPHIC INSERT

6WE ARE NOT ALONE
7MELTDOWN
8WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE
9A VILLAGE UNDER SIEGE
10THE SECOND COMING
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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About the author (2017)

Neil Cadigan is a respected rugby league and sports journalist with 30 years' experience. He is the co-author of The Two of Me with Andrew Johns. Neil is based in Sydney.

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