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A Tragedy in Two Acts
A Tragedy in Two Acts

A Tragedy in Two Acts

Marcus Einfeld And Teresa Brennan


272 Pages, 6.18 x 9.17

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $32.00 (US $32.00) (CA $37.00)

Publication Date: September 2011

ISBN 9780522858105

Rights: US & CA

Melbourne University Press (Sep 2011)
Victory Books

Price: $32.00


This was not the ending either of them expected. Marcus Einfeld, former Federal Court judge and human rights champion, and his old friend Teresa Brennan, an exuberant, sometimes controversial US-based academic, had each spent years establishing demanding careers and international reputations, to create two lives that, on paper at least, exuded success. Then Einfeld was caught speeding. But rather than pay a small fine, the former judge told a court that Brennan had been driving his car. In reality she had been dead for three years. Through a chain of events that at times seemed exceedingly unlikely, Einfeld's lie was exposed, with once unimaginable consequences. His world, and virtually every honour he had earned, rapidly disappeared. And his old friend Brennan, who had died in suspicious circumstances, was suddenly, posthumously, attracting attention for all the wrong reasons. This is the remarkable story of two outstanding Australians whose lives have been lived large, and who, ultimately, have been bound by tragedy.


"This a riveting book."  —Canberra Times

"Harari displays all her journalistic talents to produce a psychological report of two Australians whose career—in his case—and life—in hers—were brought abruptly to an end."  —Sunday Telegraph

Author Biography

Fiona Harari is an award-winning journalist who began her career at The Age newspaper in 1984. Since then she has worked for Time (Australia) magazine and was a senior writer with The Australian newspaper for thirteen years. She also works in television, on past programs including 'Enough Rope' and 'Elders'. She has most recently written for Good Weekend and The Monthly.