Kate Ryan reviews 'Freeing Peter: How an ordinary family fought an extraordinary battle' by Juris Greste et al.

Kate Ryan reviews 'Freeing Peter: How an ordinary family fought an extraordinary battle' by Juris Greste et al.

Freeing Peter: How an ordinary family fought an extraordinary battle

by Juris Greste et al.

Viking $35 pb, 320 pp, 9780670079315

It seems appropriate in an account of justice thwarted that the name of journalist Peter Greste’s father is Juris. In 2013, Greste, an Al Jazeera journalist, was accused with colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed of conspiring with terrorists and endangering Egyptian security. A show trial followed, and Greste was sentenced to seven years in prison. He says of Juris, his mother Lois, and brothers Michael and Andrew: ‘We fought, struggled, argued and ... loved our way through the ordeal ... Normal family life in other words.’

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Published in November 2016, no. 386
Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan writes fiction and non-fiction and has worked as an editor for various publishing houses. Her work has appeared in publications including New Australian Writing 2, The Sleepers Almanac, Kill Your Darlings, the Griffith Review, TEXT and will appear in Best Australian Stories (2016). Her children's picture books have been published by Penguin and Lothian. Kate's short stories were shortlisted for the 2015 Josephine Ulrick Award and longlisted for the 2016 Elizabeth Jolley Prize. Her essay 'Psychotherapy for Normal People won the Writers' Prize in the Melbourne Prize for Literature (2015).

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