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A retouched photo of Mary (Mollie) Dean from Sydney newspaper Truth (1 February 1931). Dean, who was murdered in Melbourne in 1930, was the subject of two Australian books published in 2018. Public domain/The Conversation

Inside the story: humanising a cold case victim – writing the life and brutal death of Mollie Dean

True crime-related storytelling has shrugged off its former low-brow baggage. Two recent Australian books show how victims' stories can be told sensitively and humanely.
Even common knowledge isn’t immune. ledokolua/Shutterstock.com

Writing’s power to deceive

Reading something that sows doubt about a widely agreed-upon fact – even the election of George Washington as president – can have a profound effect.
Posters of various newspapers paying tribute after the death of former South African President Nelson in 2013. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The withdrawal of the Mandela book was nothing short of censorship

Some have suggested that the publisher and author of 'Mandela's Last Years' were simply attempting to cash in on the Mandela legacy. This is not a basis for the withdrawal of a book.

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