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
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. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.