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Who Bombed the Hilton?

Rachel Landers



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New South Books
01 April 2016
History; History: specific events & topics; Terrorist attack
On 13 February 1978 a bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in George Street, Sydney. It happened during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, the first major international political event Australia had hosted. Two garbage men and a police officer were killed.

While three members of the sect Ananda Marga were gaoled, it was not for their alleged involvement with the Hilton bombing, as many assume. A man called Evan Petherick, renowned as an unreliable witness, confessed to the crime. He too was gaoled and even though he kept claiming he was guilty, he was released when it was concluded that he wasn't. No-one has been charged since.

In Who Bombed the Hilton? Rachel Landers unravels the compelling details of this unsolved case in forensic detail. It is a voyage through the archive, but also through the political developments in Australia in the past three decades. Fearless, though never guileless, Landers assumes nothing, asks questions no-one had thought of and takes readers through a murky, conspiracy-laden underworld where nothing is as it seems.

Stranger than fiction, with more threads than an unravelled carpet, there are few more compelling stories in recent Australian political history. And Landers thinks she knows who did it.

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By:   Rachel Landers
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9781742233512
ISBN 10:   1742233511
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 April 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rachel Landers is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the production company Pony Films. She completed a PhD in history at Sydney University, a post-graduate directing course at NIDA and is now head of documentary the Australian Film and Television School. Her films have screened at numerous international festivals and have been shortlisted for various awards including the Chicago Film Festival's Gold Hugo and two Australian Film Industry Awards (writing and direction) for the film Revisionism . Her film The Snowman won the Sydney Film Festival documentary prize. Her most recent film The Inquisition , about police corruption and the Wood Royal Commission, was screened on ABC1 in 2011.

Reviews for Who Bombed the Hilton?

`A terrifying tale written with sparkling good humour and panache.' - Anna Funder

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