Recommended Books

Deadline by Simon Bouda

This book covers all the major news stories of the last 25 years - including the Anita Cobby Murder, the Granny Killer and the Backpacker Murders, as well as natural disasters and political controversies.

Simon also tells his own story, of being on the police rounds and working for a national news network, as well as his support for the Black Dog (Depression) Foundation which saw him ride a motorcycle across America and around Australia and the Ride For Justice that Simon has organised for the past three years with another one to be held on the 16th October 2016.

Simon Bouda began his journalism career in 1976 as a part-time copyboy for News Limited where he worked for four years before moving to the Daily Telegraph in 1980. While there, he covered everything from finance to police rounds.

In 1982, he began working for the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth. He focused on legal news, but also wrote feature stories and sports articles. He continued to concentrate on crime when he moved to the Daily Mirror in 1983. In 1986, he joined The Sun in Sydney and was appointed chief crime reporter. In 1988, he returned to the Daily Mirror, this time in the capacity of chief crime reporter. In 1990, he joined Nine News as an assistant chief of staff. In 1992, he joined Sydney Extra, Nine’s news magazine program.

Beginning in 1992, he began an eight-year-stint as chief crime reporter for Nine News. He reported on high-profile stories including the Sydney bushfires and the Ivan Milat backpacker murders case in 1994. In 1997, he reported on the Thredbo landslide tragedy. In 1999, he covered the peace-keeping effort in East Timor as he travelled with the Australian forces on day one of the mission. In 2000, while covering the Fijian Coup, he survived an attack in which a cameraman was shot. In the same year, he moved to London to work as a Nine News correspondent.

From London, he reported on all major news events in Europe and the Middle East including the war in Afghanistan, September 11, the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, the Manchester Commonwealth Games and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

In 2003, he returned to Sydney as a state political correspondent for Nine News. At the end of 2004 Bouda joined A Current Affair as a senior reporter based in Sydney. Within a few weeks he was assigned to cover the Boxing Day tsunami, which claimed an estimated 300,000 lives across Asia. He arrived in Sri Lanka within 24 hours of the disaster and filed reports and live cross for A Current Affair and Nine News as well as the network’s other news programmes .

He returned to the Nine News team in February 2007.

Simon Bouda is the author of five books.

Remembering Anita Cobby

Remembering Anita Cobby

by Mark Morri

John Cobby finally tells his story, 30 years after the murder of his wife, Anita.

On 4 February 1986, John Cobby’s life imploded. He was driving up the coast looking for his missing wife, Anita, when over the radio he heard: ‘The body of a naked woman has been found in a paddock in western Sydney.’ . . . As details emerged of the rape and murder of the gentle nurse and former beauty queen, outrage engulfed Australia. Five men were caught and, amid unprecedented security, jailed for life.

For young reporter Mark Morri, the case was a baptism of fire. Told to ‘find the husband’, he despaired: Cobby had changed his name and disappeared. But the Daily Mirror found him, and Morri’s interviews sold like hotcakes. For nearly 30 years, Morri and Cobby kept in touch.

In this book John finally opens up, recounting how he and Anita fell in love, suffered the pain of miscarriage and then went travelling. He also explains why they were apart at the time of the murder. Weaving in chilling material from the autopsy and police files, and interviews with detectives who hunted down the killers, Mark Morri explores the ripple effects of the murder that still shocks a nation.

Doujon's Heart by Greg Callaghan and Ian Cuthbertson

The extraordinary story of how the gift of a heart gave meaning to a senseless tragedy and inspired a lifelong friendship between two families.

When 20-year-old Australian Doujon Zammit was bashed by bouncers on a Greek island in July 2008, his tragic story made headlines in both Australia and Greece.

Doujon had sustained terrible head injuries and would not recover. His grief-stricken parents, Oliver and Rosemarie, honoured Doujon's previous wish to be an organ donor, and Oliver became famous overnight in Australia and in Greece when he announced that Doujon's organs would be donated to Greek recipients.

The day Doujon received his fatal injuries was also the day 31-year-old Greek-Australian journalist Kosta Gribilas was given a death sentence in a hospital in Athens. Critically ill with virus-induced heart failure, he was told he had only two weeks to live. Without an urgent transplant, Kosta knew he would soon die. He'd followed Doujon's story on TV, and even as he watched Oliver's emotional announcement, Kosta hadn't thought he might be saved - the doctors didn't want to give him false hope. On 2 August, after an emotional farewell to partner Poppy and his family and friends, Kosta drifted asleep for what he thought was going to be the last time. A day later he woke up with Doujon's heart beating in his chest and the life he'd longed for now ahead of him.

Because of the public nature of Doujon's fatal attack, Kosta met Rosemarie and Oliver when they visited Athens. It was to be the beginning of an extraordinary, heartwarming friendship that would sustain both families through the dark days to come - a roller-coaster course of events neither family could have possibly predicted. Through all this, Kosta is constantly reminded of Doujon's remarkable gift: 'How can I ever forget Doujon, when every heartbeat reminds me how blessed I am?'

A beautiful, inspiring story about two families united by tragedy and how a selfless and courageous gift of love keeps on giving to this day.

Killing Love by Rebecca Poulson

Killing Love was the Winner of the prestigious Australian Society of Authors 2014 Emerging Writers' Award, the Varuna House 2015 award and the 2015 Barnardos Great Aussie Book Prize winner.

A powerful, unforgettable story about tragedy, grief – and hope

On the day of Rebecca Poulson’s 33rd birthday, her father, niece and nephew were murdered. The murderer had been part of her family – her brother-in-law, Neung, the father of the children. No stranger to shocking grief, Rebecca had already suffered the suicide of her beloved brother, Adrian, but nothing could prepare her for the events that would unfold at the hands of Neung.

Killing Love is Rebecca’s journey through suicide, and homicide – the deep grief, the police investigation, the intense media scrutiny, the court case, the moments of great despair – and of her healing. It is a story of individual heartbreak and a family’s strength, and a startling portrait of family violence. It’s also an unputdownable journey through tragedy and how Rebecca refused to let it define her, telling her story of recovery with striking honesty.

Rise - Written by Ingrid Poulson

Rise is not about the worst that can happen in life; it's about how to respond when the worst has already happened...

In 2003, Ingrid Poulson's estranged husband killed their two young children and Ingrid's father. After time, Ingrid chose to start with survival and build from there. She recognised her resilience and chose to rise to the challenge of overcoming unimaginable tragedy.

Few people have to suffer events such as those that Ingrid experienced. But everyone has to deal with challenges, hardships and grief in everyday life. The ability to be resilient in the face of these can mean the difference between getting through troubled times and living life to the fullest, and succumbing to their pressures.

Everyone who has met Ingrid is inspired by her clarity and courage. Through the four main components of her program of resilience – Resolve, Identity, Support and Everyday resilience – she shares the skills and practices she has developed to not only survive but to live a rich and rewarding life.

"In the few short years since the event that left me with nothing, I have been told that I have a charmed life, that I'm lucky and that I am the subject of envy. Many, many people have asked me how I do it, how I survive, and this book is the answer to that question."

Kidnapped By Mark Tedeschi QC

Kidnapped – The crime that shocked the nation

The story of Australia’s only known kidnapping of a child for ransom

When eight-year-old Graeme Thorne was kidnapped on his way to school in July 1960, Australia was gripped with fear and loathing. What monster would dare take financial advantage of the most treasured bond of love – between parent and child? Just weeks earlier, Graeme’s parents had won a fortune in the Opera House Lottery, and this had attracted the attention of the perpetrator, Stephen Bradley.

Bradley was a most unlikely kidnapper, however his greed for the Thorne’s windfall saw him cast aside any sympathy for his victim or his victim’s family, and drove him to take brazen risks with the life of his young captive.

Kidnapped tells the astounding true story of how this crime was planned and committed, and describes the extraordinary police investigation that was launched to track the criminal down. Mark Tedeschi explores the mind of the intriguing and seriously flawed Stephen Bradley, and also the points of view of the victim, his family – and the police, whose work pioneered the use of many techniques that are now considered commonplace, marking the beginning of modern-day forensic science in Australia.
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