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7 Apr 2024

Saturday, 6th April 2024: Anne Manne, Author, Crimes of the Cross

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Saturday, 6th  April 2024: Anne Manne, Author, Crimes of the Cross

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Macca and Paul talk to Anne Manne, Author, Crimes of the Cross, is an Australian writer, essayist  and social philosopher. A former columnist for The Australian and The Age, she has written many essays about contemporary culture, especially for The Monthly magazine. Her books include Motherhood, So This Is Life, The Life of I and a Quarterly Essay, Love and Money: The Family and the Free Market.

Crimes of the Cross:  The Anglican Paedophile Network of Newcastle, Its Protectors and the Man Who Fought for Justice,  Anne Manne:  A searing expose of institutional child,
abuse, and the remarkable story of the, survivors who would not be silenced

For many years, Newcastle was the centre of an extensive paedophile network run by members of the Anglican church – and protected by parishioners and community members who looked the other way.
In this gripping book, Anne Manne reveals how this network was able to avoid detection for so long, and how its ringleaders were finally exposed and brought to justice. At the centre of the story is a survivor, Steve
Smith, who endured years of childhood abuse but refused to be silenced.

Drawing on extensive research and interviews with survivors, clergy, police and others, Manne explores how the network operated and how it became entrenched
in the upper echelons of Newcastle society. She offers deep insights into the minds and strategies of abusers, and pays tribute to the victims and their tireless struggle for justice. Child sexual abuse has previously been
thought of as an individual crime; Manne pioneers an examination of it as part of a network. This is an unforgettable study of courage and faith in the face of unthinkable evil.

‘This story gripped me from the first page and refused to let go. The courage expressed, the vividness of the
writing … This book is a singular achievement, and I cannot recommend it more highly.’ —Jess Hill,
author of See What You Made Me Do

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