24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Chris Masters

Chris Masters is Australia's best-known investigative reporter, and is the author of the bestselling Jonestown (2006). In 1985, he won Australia's most prestigious award in journalism, the Gold Walkley, for his Four Corners report on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. His reports 'The Big League' and 'The Moonlight State' both led to royal commissions that helped transform the nation. His most recent book is the critically acclaimed Uncommon Soldier.


Canberra Writers Festival events

Tip of the Spear: The Operators in Action

Friday 25th August 2017, 11:30am. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

Australia's foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan.

Chris Masters is Australia's foremost investigative journalist. In Uncommon Soldier he explored the nature of Australian soldiering from recruitment to being on the front line in Afghanistan. His descriptions of battle are some of the most powerful reporting from that war. No Front Line takes this story even further, to the heart of Special Forces and its war in Afghanistan, a war the Australian public know very little about. Implicitly trusted by Special Forces, Chris gives voice to these soldiers. He takes us right into the centre of some of the fiercest combat, opens up the story of the relationship between the Australians and their US partners and provides the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country's elite fighting forces.

Masterfully told, No Front Line will be as controversial as it is revealing. It will also find a place as one of the finest contemporary books on soldiering.

No Front Line is published by Allen & Unwin.

Buy this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

Award-winning journalist Chris Masters's interviews with veterans gives unique perspective to ANZAC Day, Herald Sun, April 2014.

Australia in Afghanistan: Longest war draws to a 'bittersweet' end after 12 years, ABC News, November 2013.

Chris Masters: One of Australia's best known investigative journalists, Australian Writers' Centre, June 2013. [podcast]

Chris's articles for The Monthly.

Hidden treasure: Forty-three years at the ABC, The Monthly, March 2009.



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