Fair Cop by Christine Nixon will be launched today and the newspapers are having a field day. Here’s what they’re been saying:
Herald Sun: Christine failed us all and that’s about the size of it (more)
Melbourne University in row after backing Christine Nixon’s book (more)
National Times: Would we judge Nixon any differently if she were a man? (more)
The Australian: PM cops flak over Christine Nixon memoir launch (more)
Furore over autobiography ‘makes Christine Nixon a job risk’ (more)
The Sydney Morning Herald: It’s a fair cop, Christine (and society ain’t to blame) (more)
Nixon’s worst letdown didn’t come from the media (more)
Publisher synopsis: Fair Cop by Christine Nixon
It’s no surprise that Christine Nixon grew up to be a cop. Her father Ross brought his police work home with him often: she helped mull over crime-scene photos at the kitchen table and helped lug seized weapons in from the car. She was one of the first women in Australia to move into operational policing and ultimately became Chief Commissioner of Police in Victoria.
At the peak of her policing career Christine Nixon’s battles were with more than a line-up of criminals-there was bureaucracy, corruption and terrorism to fight, as well as enemies within her own ranks.
In this frank and engaging account of Christine Nixon’s career, she writes openly about the challenges and rewards of working in one of the toughest jobs in the country and the later controversy surrounding the Victorian Bushfire Recovery Authority.
About the Authors: Christine Nixon was the first woman in Australia to be appointed a police commissioner, a post she held with Victoria Police from April 2001 to February 2009.
Jo Chandler is a senior writer with The Age and Walkley Award winner. In 2010 she won the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award for Best Feature (Print) for a piece on Australian aid in Afghanistan.
About the Contributor
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au.