Brave: Ordinary Australians and their Extraordinary Acts of Courage by Mark Whittaker

Would you squeeze your way into a shoulder-width, pitch-dark storm water drain to rescue a kid as it flooded? Would you knowingly cop a 20,000 volt electric shock to save a friend and his child?

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Bomber: From Vietnam to Hell and Back by Tony Bower-Miles and Mark Whittaker

Tells the story of Tony “Bomber” Bower-Miles, a sapper in Vietnam in 1969/70. He followed the Viet Cong into their underground strongholds as a “tunnel rat”, but most of his work revolved around land mines, laying them and clearing them.

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Ten Years – An Incredible True Story of Corruption, Injustice and the Triumph of the Human Spirit by Roseanne Catt with Mark Whittaker and Amy Willesee

I still burn with indignation about what happened to Roseanne. The judge said it himself.

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Love and Death in Kathmandu – A Strange Tale of Royal Murder by Amy Willesee and Mark Whittaker

A week or two after we handed in the manuscript for The Road to Mount Buggery, the heir to the Nepalese throne, Crown Prince Dipendra, donned military fatigues, armed himself with automatic weapons, walked in on a quiet family gathering, and, without a word, mowed down his family before turning a gun on himself.

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The Road to Mount Buggery – A Journey Through the Curiously Named Places of Australia by Mark Whittaker and Amy Willesee

Coming off the back of a serial killer book, getting in a four-wheel drive with a tent, an unreliable car fridge and a beautiful girl who could write like a storm seemed like a perfect change in direction.

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Sins of the Brother: The Definitive Story of Ivan Milat and the Backpacker Murders by Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy

This book consumed four years of our lives.
We wanted to look at what forces created this guy. We knew he hadn’t come from nowhere. And in a way it did start to look like his life was always heading inextricably towards murder, yet of course there were forks in the road and he could have taken any like those around him did.

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Granny Killer – The Story of John Glover by Les Kennedy and Mark Whittaker

Les and I had our training wheels on for this one, the story of the serial killer who stalked Sydney’s north shore in the late 80s. I don’t think I’d ever read a true crime book until I started reading up in the genre as we set out to write one.

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