The Twentieth Man, by Tony Jones

He reached the Adria Travel Agency and went straight inside. The Serb, Risto Jadorovski, sat at a desk, talking on the telephone. Jadorovski waved to him, indicated that he should take a seat. A young woman was behind the shop counter. She smiled at him. She was a pretty young thing. He hesitated, staring back at her. Then he put down the shopping bag, turned and walked back out through the glass door.

It is 1972 and someone has planted two bombs in Sydney’s CBD, in a terror attack which shocks the country. Young journalist Anna Rosen knows at once which group will be responsible. She has been investigating the Ustasha movement, and is sure they are behind the attacks. With the impending visit of the Yugoslav prime minister, it is vital that police find those responsible. But for Anna, there’s is a more personal reason. Her former lover, Marin Katich, is linked to the Ustasha. He has been missing since he and twenty other would-be revolutionaries sneaked into Yugolsavia. As Anna’s journalism career flourishes, her connection with Katich keeps her from being completely objective.

Based on true events, this fictional account of the events of the early seventies, from journalist Tony Jones, is an intriguing look at the politics and personalities of the time., by Tony Jones
Allen & Unwin, 2017
ISBN 9781760295004

Loner, by Bernard Lagan

When Mark Latham was elected the leader of the Labor Party he was seen as young and dynamic, and hailed as the saviour of the Labor Party’s fortunes. He would be the next Prime Minister, defeating John Howard’s Liberal government, and nothing would stand in his way.

Yet only a year later Mark Latham, having failed in that bid to be Prime Minister and suffering personal illness would resign from Parliament and public life. Whilst commentators have tried to analyse what went wrong, this book seeks to explore in depth exactly what happened in those twelve months to take Latham from dynamic politician to sick and embattled recluse.

Loner: Inside a Labor Tragedy is an energetic and intriguing expose of the behind the scenes struggles and crises that marked Mark Latham’s time as leader of the opposition. It is riveting reading for anyone with an interest in Australian politics.

Loner: Inside a Labor Tragedy, by Bernard Lagan
Allen & Unwin, 2005