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Terrorism, politics and betrayals collide in debut novel from Tony Jones

Tony Jones.

Tony Jones.

Tony Jones was still at school when Lionel Murphy raided ASIO. After an ABC cadetship, he joined Four Corners as a reporter in 1985, and later Dateline at SBS in 1986. He subsequently was an ABC foreign correspondent, for a time in London and later in Washington. He also covered war crimes in Bosnia. Today he hosts ABC TV’s Q&A. The Twentieth Man is his first novel.

The Twentieth Man is set in September 1972, when journalist Anna Rosen takes an early morning phone call from her boss at the ABC, telling her about two bombings in Sydney’s busy CBD. It’s the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history and Anna has no doubt which group is responsible for the carnage. She has been investigating the role of alleged war criminals in the globally active Ustasha movement.

The Twentieth Man by Tony Jones.

The Twentieth Man by Tony Jones.

High in the Austrian Alps, Marin Katich is one of twenty would-be revolutionaries who slip stealthily over the border into Yugoslavia on a mission planned and funded in Australia. It will have devastating consequences for all involved.

Soon the arrival in Australia of Yugoslavia’s prime minister will trigger the next move in a deadly international struggle. The Twentieth Man will be published in August 2017 by Allen & Unwin.

Literary Dinner 

Join Tony Jones in conversation with prize-winning investigative journalist and novelist Matt Condon at a special Literary Dinner at Byron at Byron at 7pm on Friday August 4 – $135pp includes dinner, a glass of Audrey Wilkinson wine on arrival and a copy of Tony’s new novel, The Twentieth Man. Supported by Brookfarm.

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