PELL BOOK: ‘A Fair Trial’

To support Melissa’s work on this book please donate here: PayPal Account: MELISSA.L.DAVEY@GMAIL.COM . Melissa will be taking leave without pay to get the book finished.

Press release from publisher:


Scribe has pre-empted world rights in A Fair Trial, an account of the trials of Cardinal George Pell, by The Guardian’s award-winning Melbourne bureau chief, Melissa Davey.

Ms Davey is in the unique position of being the only journalist to have covered Cardinal Pell’s appearances at the child abuse royal commission, his committal-hearing mistrial, and his retrial. She will also attend his appeal in June.

Scribe’s publisher, Henry Rosenbloom, describes the book as, ‘A definitive forensic examination of the trial that echoed around the world, and of the fallout following publication of the verdict.’

‘Due to her extensive reporting for The Guardian, and her regular appearances on other media, Melissa already has immense credibility and recognition as a dispassionate observer of this case. We feel honoured that Melissa chose Scribe as its publisher. In her words, “Scribe has a strong history of working with journalists, and understands the importance of this work in setting the record straight.”’

Scribe acquired the rights from Benython Oldfield at the Zeitgeist Agency, and will publish the title in ANZ and the UK in the first half of 2020.