The Authors


Richard GuilliattRichard Guilliatt has been a feature writer at The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Good Weekend magazine, and from 1986 to 1993 was a freelance writer based in New York.

His pieces have appeared in The Independent, The Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and he is currently a staff writer at The Weekend Australian Magazine.

In 2000, he won Australia’s highest award for magazine feature writing, the Walkley Award. He is the author of Talk of the Devil: Repressed Memory and the Ritual Abuse Witch-Hunt (Text Publishing, 1996).


Peter Hohnen (and friend)Peter Hohnen was a partner in a prominent Canberra law firm for twenty years.

A commander in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve for over a decade, he was posted to Cambridge University in 1998–99 as a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.

Subsequently, he was awarded a Masters Degree in Law from the Australian National University in international law, human rights and the laws of armed conflict.

He has been an independent legal consultant to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, for its official history of the Vietnam War, and has made several contributions to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

His great-uncle, Alexander Ross Ainsworth, was chief engineer aboard the steamship Matunga when she was captured by SMS Wolf in August 1917.

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