Writers at Stanton - Nicholas Cowdery with Rachel Jane Chin
28-Nov-2019 • 1pm
Frank and Fearless
For sixteen-and-a-half years, Nicholas Cowdery was Director of Public Prosecutions for New South Wales. During this time, he immersed himself in the worst and saddest of human behaviour as he examined cases in forensic detail. And when he made unpopular decisions he had to reckon with criticism from politicians, media, victims, perpetrators and their families. In Frank & Fearless, Cowdery reflects on some of the most notorious and difficult cases of his distinguished career, including the headline-grabbing criminal trials of Gordon Wood, Keli Lane and Jeffrey Gilham. He also writes about lesser-known cases involving drugs and voluntary assisted dying, and the need for law reform. All the while, he fights for a fair trial for all concerned. This gripping book reveals the workings of our criminal justice system from the inside.
NICHOLAS COWDERY AO QC was the Director of Public Prosecutions for New South Wales (known as the DPP) from 1994 to 2011. Previously he had been a barrister since 1971, working in Papua New Guinea and at the Sydney Bar.
RACHAEL JANE CHIN practised as a lawyer before becoming a non-fiction writer. Her first book, Nice Girl: The story of Keli Lane and her missing baby Tegan, was published in 2011. From 2002 to 2004 she was employed as a journalist by the Australian Financial Review.