Born or Bred

Born or Bred

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Martin John Bryant slipped into the world in the autumn of 1967, blond, blue-eyed, angelic. On a sunny Sunday 29 years later, Carleen and Maurice Bryant's beloved first-born loaded the boot of his yellow Volvo with guns and ammunition and returned to Tasmania's historic Port Arthur settlement, scene of many idyllic childhood summers. There, the young man with the striking surfie hair and mesmeric eyes, calmly shot 35 people dead and wounded 21 more. His crime, the world's worst killing spree by a lone gunman, horrified the nation and changed Australia forever.Why did the little boy with the funny grin turn into a mass murderer? Was he born to kill, his life's trajectory preordained by genes? Or was his mind indelibly warped by a lifetime of derision and alienation?Robert Wainwright and Paola Totaro delve back over five generations and two hemispheres, finding the eccentric and disparate characters whose lives intersected - with catastrophic results. From Bryant's shocking behind-the-scenes confessions to his own 11th-hour attempt to turn back his murderous destiny, this book asks if the Port Arthur massacre could have been prevented.And explains why it could happen again.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • col. Illustrations, map
  • 1921486090
  • 9781921486098

About Robert Wainwright

Robert Wainwright has been a journalist for 30 years. His career has ranged from politics to crime, always focusing on the people behind the major news of the day. He was a Walkley Awards finalist in 2004. This is his fourth book, after Rose: The unauthorised biography of Rose Hancock Porteous (2002), The Lost Boy (2004) and The Killing of Caroline Byrne (2009).Paola Totaro is the European Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age. Paola has held some of the paper's most senior positions in her 26-year career, including Editor of the Saturday Sydney Morning Herald, editing News Review, heading the Herald's State Political Bureau and leading the Education and Urban Affairs teams. In 1992, she co-edited the first Herald Guide to Schools book.
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