Get behind the lies, the slurs, the innuendo… If you have been watching the TV drama you’ll want to know the truth – Read what the man himself has to say – Buy the books, it’s the only way you can be sure you’re getting to the heart of the matter…
The Booktopia Book Guru Asks
Ten Terrifying Questions
1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
I am 59 years young, brought up in Melbourne and schooled at Wesley College where, like Winston Churchill, it is said I went under the school, not through it! I was a good athlete and the class clown, a trait that has persisted throughout my life.
2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?
I have never wanted to be anything but a criminal defence lawyer. Lucky for me that came to pass because I haven’t the slightest clue what I would have done if I didn’t become a lawyer.
3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
Once upon a time (all fairy stories begin thus) I believed politicians existed for the greater good and always told the truth! I put this, down to my large “L” liberal upbringing.
My maternal grandfather, also a lawyer was a massive influence on me. He held the old Aussie values of the fair go for all and I followed suit. I remember watching the first moon landing and to me it confirmed anything can be accomplished if you want it badly enough. I have always been an avid reader but the book of greatest influence was an Aussie yarn Power Without Glory, a powerful “novel” which took my breath away with its brutal frankness. From then on I was convinced of the power of the written word.
5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete?
Books are forever, they are not and never will be obsolete, the written endures long after electronic blogs have gone the way of all flesh. An additional advantage of books is usually writers are able to spell and construct a decipherable sentence.
6. Please tell us about your latest book…
Snouts in the Trough, Lifting the lid on Police Corruption in Victoria, something the current Government will not like with an election in the offing. It discloses corruption on a scale I never imagined existed.
Overpopulation and archaic attitudes to birth control.
8. Whom do you most admire and why?
Having been to jail for a lengthy period it has to be Nelson Mandela. His ability to overcome adversity and still have a benign view of the world is astounding.
9. Many people set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?
Not at all ambitious: stay well and continue to rebuild my new life which I have been fortunate enough to receive. I have been given a second chance and I intend to grab it with both hands.
10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?
Don’t get despondent, when it gets all too hard, walk away for a while, but always come back. It is surprising how inspiring a break can be.
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UPDATE: From THE AGE… 27.10.11
The story of Andrew Fraser reads like a modern tragedy.
IT COULD be Othello, Hamlet or Macbeth. It might be Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Matthew Newton or Lindsay Lohan. Whether the tale plays out as a Shakespearean tragedy or is splashed across the pages of the tabloids, we seem fascinated by rise-and-fall stories. We are entranced by those who topple, sometimes spectacularly, from a great height, from pedestals of considerable fame or wealth, from positions of power and prestige….
The 10-part pay-TV drama series Killing Time, starring David Wenham as Fraser, is an unblinking account of the lawyer’s rise and fall: his confidence and cockiness; his thrusting ambition and hunger for recognition; his love of the good life and desire for its trappings; his aptitude for negotiating the law. Read more…
From the publisher – Snouts in the Trough:
Every decade or so a book is published that is of such importance that it changes
the way we do things forever.
Snouts in the Trough is just such a book for its chilling chronicle of the crimes and betrayals of some of Australia’s own police, notorious rogue cops who stand charged with the ultimate form of police corruption – shielding their crimes behind their badges.
Andrew Fraser, author of bestsellers, Court in the Middle and Lunatic Soup is outspoken when it comes to corruption in Australia’s justice system. In a career in criminal law he was told about some of the worst of corruption but then as an insider in the prison system he learnt a great deal more about it first-hand.
This new book from Andrew Fraser will blow the lid open on the hidden world behind certain sections of Australian policing. These are true stories that you won’t read in the papers or see on the news. They may have been alluded to before but they’ve only skimmed the surface. Like the revelations that prompted the Fitzgerald Inquiry and the Wood Royal Commission, for the unsuspecting public these will shock and appall.
• How millions of dollars in drugs escaped onto the streets.
• How police corruption contributed to the gangland killings.
• How pockets were lined with the proceeds of crime.
• How the “brotherhood” operates in this country and they benefits they reap.
This gripping real-life tale of corruption reveals a brotherhood, with hierarchies, rituals, and codes of conduct; how favours paid are returned in kind; how money spreads out among the few; how protecting your mates comes in above protecting others – a force riddled with rorts that leads down a path to murder and extortion.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.