True Crime

Ep.170 Reasonable Doubt by Dr. Xanthe Mallett, Book news with Cassie Hamer, New Edition Bookshop, Lee Kofman on Writing Creative Non-fiction and Emily Brewin’s new online writing courses, Writing Sparks.

Dr. Xanthe Mallett

‘The good, bad and downright rotten parts of Australia’s criminal justice system are put on trial by Dr Xanthé Mallett. With her clear-eyed logic and objectivity, this compelling book identifies reasonable doubts which must keep prosecutors and defence lawyers awake at night.’ Hedley Thomas, host of the Teacher’s Pet podcast.

We all put our faith in the criminal justice system. We trust the professionals: the police, the lawyers, the judges, the expert witnesses. But what happens when the process lets us down and the wrong person ends up in jail?

Henry Keogh spent almost twenty years locked away for a murder that never even happened. Khalid Baker was imprisoned for the death of a man his best friend has openly admitted to causing. And the exposure of ‘Lawyer X’ Nicola Gobbo’s double-dealing could lead to some of Australia’s most notorious convictions being overturned.

Forensic scientist Xanthé Mallett is used to dealing with the darker side of humanity. Now she’s turning her skills and insight to miscarriages of justice and cases of Australians who have been wrongfully convicted.

Exposing false confessions, polices biases, misplaced evidence and dodgy science, Reasonable Doubt is an expert’s account of the murky underbelly of our justice system – and the way it affects us all.

Buy Xanthe’s book here from Booktopia

Cassie Hamer

Cassie Hamer

Booktopia and QBD in the Top 100 Independent Australian businesses. Qld Literary Awards, Fiction winner Mirandi Riwoe for Stone Sky Gold Mountain and People’s Choice Awards winner Tabitha Bird for A Lifetime Of Impossible Days, congratulations.

New Releases: The Wreck by Meg Keneally, Heartache & Birdsong by Samantha Bloom, Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Grieve, Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies, Just Like You by Nick Hornby, The Bluffs by Kyle Perry, and 28 Summers by Elin Hildrebrand.

New Edition Bookshop Fremantle W.A. 


(08) 9335 2383

Books mentioned: The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton, Honey Bee by Craig Silvey,

 Lee Kofman – On writing creative non-fiction

Lee Kofman

Suggested reading: In Cold Blood – Truman Capote, Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemmingway

Joan Didion, Helen Garner, Anna Funder, Rachel Cusk


Lee Kofman books:  Dangerous Bride and Imperfect

Special Announcement:

Emily Brewin’s Writing Sparks.  Learn the foundations of compelling storytelling with her online writing courses

Claudine Tinellis

Talking Aussie Books with Claudine Tinellis

This week Megan Mayfair who writes fiction with a dash of family intrigue, a sprinkling of humour, and a spoonful of romance.

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