HODDLE STREET: THE AMBUSH AND THE TRAGEDY - Peter Haddow
This was published some considerable time ago, but for some reason in the last few weeks I've been drawn towards some True Crime books. This was a particularly harrowing read, all about the events of Hoddle Street in 1987 - told as short snippets from the viewpoint of many of the people involved - the dead, the injured and the police desperate to get the manic situation under control. I think it was that method of telling the story that made it all the more stark. Excellent book to give you a true feeling for how the unimaginable and unexpected affects everyone.
People said it could only happen in other coutnries. But they were wrong. A nineteen year old who wanted to be a hero, but was found wanting during military training, shattered the myth that Australia was different. Armed with rifles and ammunition, Julian Knight murdered seven and injured many more.
Hoddle Street reconstructs, through the eyes of those who were there, what happened that cold August night in 1987. It tells of incidents never before revealed during 45 minutes of confusion and mayhem that was the Hoddle Street Ambush.
Hoddle Street takes yoiu to the Aftermath - the tragedy of the victims and survivors. People who struggled to get their lives together but can't put it behind them.
Hoddle Street retraces the life of Julian Knight, the adopted son of an Army couple, who was expelled from schools and then the army.