Jock Palfreeman’s Bulgarian tragedy

Jock Palfreeman’s Bulgarian tragedy

Every Parent’s Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman and the True Story of His Father’s Fight to Save Him from a Lifetime in a Bulgarian Jail

by Belinda Hawkins

Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 354 pp, 9781742379852

Daniel Herborn

Daniel Herborn

Daniel Herborn is a Sydney writer and lawyer. His book reviews have appeared in various publications, including the Sydney Morning...

Like the best examples of true crime books, Every Parent’s Nightmare goes far beyond the tragedy at its centre and places it in its socio-economic context. Belinda Hawkins details how a death in Bulgaria back in 2007 became a highly politicised incident, and offers a convincing explanation as to why the trial was so sloppy and one-sided.

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Published in June 2013 no. 352

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