Wendy Lewis is a contemporary Australian writer. She works in Sydney. She has written a number of non-fiction books about Australian people, history and events. She has also written plays (working under the nom de plume Julia Lewis).
Pretending to be dead is one of the more bizarre ways to opt out of society. Despite the obvious risks, a surprising number of people attempt to leave their old life behind by faking suicide. And the results can be unbelievably madcap.
High fliers facing financial ruin, murderers on the run, greedy couples with a taste for insurance fraud...you’ll find them all here in this entertaining collection of real life stories of outrageous individuals who have tried - and failed - to stage their own death:
- ‘Canoe Man’ John Darwin
- Sneaky Brit John Stonehouse MP
- Stunt pilot extraordinaire Marcus Schrenker
- 1960’s LSD guru Ken Kesey
- Olivia NJ’s ex-squeeze Patrick McDermott
...and many more