In an extraordinary investigation undertaken over 10 years, investigative journalist Chris Masters opens up the heart of Australia’s Special Forces and their war in Afghanistan.

He gives voice to the soldiers, he takes us to the centre of some of the fiercest combat Australia has

ever experienced and provides the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country’s elite fighting forces.

He also asks difficult questions that reveal controversial clouds hanging over our Special Operations mission in Afghanistan.

“What has been discovered and laid before you is as tough an investigation mission as I’ve ever undertaken…In journalism speak, I worked both inside and outside the tent.” Chris Masters

Masterfully told, No Front Line will find a place as one of Australia’s finest books on contemporary soldiering.


CHRIS MASTERS won Australia’s most prestigious award in journalism, the Gold Walkley for his Four

Corners report on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. His reports ‘The Big League’ and ‘The Moonlight State’ both led to royal commissions that helped transform the nation. The author of the bestselling Jonestown (2006), his previous book is the critically acclaimed Uncommon Soldier.



Chris Masters in conversation with Sian Gard from ABC Central Victoria, a Bendigo Writers Festival Bookmark event: FREE but bookings essential. Capital box office 5434 6100 or online.



Buist & Simsion in Maryborough

Charmed by The Rosie Project? You are going to love Two Steps Forward.

And if you have ever day-dreamed about walking the Camino across the top of Spain, then here’s the novel that may just have you packing your bags and setting off.

Written by Anne Buist (Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know) and her husband, Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project, The Rosie Effect, The Best of Adam Sharp), Two Steps Forward takes you on a madly adventurous 2000 km journey. Continue reading “Buist & Simsion in Maryborough”

Richard Flanagan in Bendigo

Flanagan is a writer who constantly reinvents himself. Each novel finds a new style and a new subject, from eco-tragedy to contemporary drama, zeitgeist thriller, meditation on desire, or tales of tyrants and artists.

With First Person, Flanagan uses aspects of his own autobiography to mock memoir – and to ask, in our age of ‘fake news’, what is truth and where is freedom.

At Bendigo Town Hall, join one of Australia’s leading literary talents on his exploration into the meaning, and the problem, of truth. In conversation with Cate Kennedy.

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