Island of Secrets

Timothy Latham
AUD $32.99
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Norfolk: Island of Secrets is an insightful look at the horrific murder of Janelle Patton, the investigation and the unique island community that created one of the most intriguing mysteries of recent times.

Four years after it happened, police have finally arrested a man over the baffling murder of Janelle Patton on Norfolk Island. The murder may or may not yet be solved, but Norfolk Island still has plenty of secrets.

I always thought the biggest coup for Norfolk Island would be to get on the big blue weather map, to be broadcast to millions of viewers who would say 'So that's where Norfolk Island is.'

Instead Norfolk Island got on a different map and it had nothing to do with sunshine or rain. On the afternoon of Easter Sunday 2002, somebody killed a woman. A vicious, nasty prolonged attack which pitted a feisty, pretty brunette against a person of great strength, anger and hatred. Her name was Janelle Patton. She fought for her life. And died.

In the tradition of true-crime reportage Norfolk scratches the facade of this secretive and protective community, probing murder, myth, history, politics and gossip.

Despite being an Australian territory Norfolk is wonderfully and strangely different - a culture where deception, tension and age-old animosities lie just beneath the surface of life in 'paradise'.

Author bio:

Tim Latham is a radio journalist working for the ABC and currently on leave from Background Briefing. He was commissioned to write this book after making a program on Norfolk Island for Background Briefing which elicited strong positive feedback. This is his first book.

Category: True Crime
ISBN: 9781741143737
Awards: Short-listed Ned Kelly Award for Australian Crime Writing, Best True Crime category 2006 AU
Table Of Contents: Map of Norfolk Island


Off the map

Easter Sunday 2002

Norfolk by bus

Back foot forward

Walking and talking

The long day's wait

Who was Janelle?

Bloodless genocide

The Norfuk Wieh

Rooty Hill Road


Sinners to saints

Cook's paradise

Political quicksand

Doing time

Brutal attack


Naming names

Off the rock

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: September 2005
Page Extent: 272
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: True crime