28 February 2016

Dymocks Carindale now selling Lingering doubts

Very excited yesterday signing books and sharing the story of Brisbane's Arcade Murder with customers at Dymocks Carindale. This very busy store is the first Dymocks to stock Lingering Doubts! Huge thank you to staff at both Dymocks and Boolarong Press.

Deb with Year 12 student and aspiring writer Emily


23 February 2016

Lingering Doubts - 69 years ago - 23 February, 1947

 23 February, 1947
While our grandfather, Reg Brown, was on remand in Boggo Road Gaol, the Truth newspaper published an article titled Inside Light on Boggo-Road Conditions. A 'hush hush' departmental inquiry was apparently underway following the escape of three prisoners including Arthur 'Slim' Halliday. But another man, after a stay in Boggo Road Gaol, went public describing 'appalling filth' and hygiene; he told of a privileged prisoner who slept regularly in the hospital, 'his favourite resort'; fruit and vegetables were unheard of; stealing of prison rations; and smuggling of goods in and out of the prison.
This disturbing article hit the news stands on the day Ian (Deb's father) should have been celebrating his 20th birthday. There were no celebrations for the Brown family. 

Today Ian Brown turns eighty-nine
Deb and Jan

16 February 2016

Lingering Doubts at New Farm Editions

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Looking forward to discussing our book with customers at New Farm Editions this Saturday 20 February between 11 - 2 pm.
 Deb and Jan

11 February 2016

Lingering Doubts - QNS Winter 2015 Catalogue

QNS Catalogue Winter 2015
We really have to pinch ourselves sometimes! What an honour to be listed in the QNS audio book catalogue alongside such talented authors as Matthew Condon and Helen Garner!
Listening to Qld. Narrating Service (QNS) narrator Kaye Stevenson's splendid delivery of Lingering Doubts still gives us goosebumps!
Audio books are invaluable for people with vision impairment and/or a print disability, however as we've discovered, audio books are also great to take on a road trip...or to turn on while doing the housework.. or just relaxing. We have a whole new appreciation of audio books and this includes the wonderfully dedicated QNS staff and their volunteers.
Deb and Jan

6 February 2016

Lingering Doubts - 69 years ago - 6 February 1947

6 February 1947
Nearing the end of the five day committal hearing in Brisbane's Police Court where Detective  Sub-Inspector Frank Bischof prosecuted. Every morning the Magistrate read out the charge of 'wilful murder'. Every day our grandfather firmly answered, 'Not guilty, Your Worship'.
Deb and Jan

1 February 2016

Lingering Doubts - 69 years ago - 1 February 1947

1 February 1947
Only one day remained for the preparation of our grandfather's defence against the charge of wilful murder before the  commencement of the committal hearing in the Police Court. Unbelievably, on this day in 1947, our grandfather's defence was 'seriously hampered' by Boggo Road Gaol authorities when notes he had written for his solicitor were confiscated by a prison guard. Following his barrister's protest in the presence of the magistrate, incredibly, the only official response on record is from Police Prosecutor, Detective Sub-inspector Frank Bischof. An extract from Bischof's report:
....There is no desire by any member of this [Police] Department to ascertain the contents of any notes BROWN may wish to hand his Solicitor.
The privilege existing between solicitor and client was, and is, sacred. But this was not upheld when Reg Brown was on trial. 
 We ask the question in our book: Does Bischof's response imply that when a person was denied bail and subsequently detained on remand, police officers  investigating the crime, had the ability to curtail the prisoner's defence? Worse still be privy to a prisoner's notes written in a vain attempt to defend him or herself?
It defies belief that this extraordinarily corrupt and cruel practice, incorporating the justice, penal and legal systems, was very obviously common place in Brisbane -  only 69 years ago. 

Deb and Jan