Invitation: Sydney Press Club book launch – Political ‘Venom’ and the search for our MIAs

You are invited to join National Press Club Sydney members for a drink or two to help launch the latest publications from two authors who have come from the crucible of the Canberra Press Gallery. 

Two books, two award winning journalists, one night only at the London Hotel in Balmain.


The books are Venom by David Crowe and Where Soldiers Lie by Ian McPhedran.


Venom, looks at a period of bloodshed in the parliament that would be at home in a Tarantino film – a period that saw the loss of two Liberal Prime Ministers in just three years.  It is described as a cracking account and secret history of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull and propelled Scott Morrison to power.  They plotted. They schemed. They unleashed chaos.


Where Soldiers Lie, is a moving account of the quest to find Australia’s missing war dead. It follows the work of the dedicated investigators and scientists on their mission to locate and identify unrecovered war casualties from among the 35,000 Australian soldiers and airmen who are still listed as Missing in Action from the wars of the 20th Century.  It is a mission that uses old fashioned detective work and cutting-edge science to bring peace of mind and solace to their families and to all those who serve.


The event will be on Thursday 10 October upstairs at the London Hotel Balmain East – 234 Darling Street –
from 6:30PM for a 7PM start
– concluding at around 8PM. 

There will be drinks provided for early comers followed by a cash bar.

RSVP essential to attention Cathy Bryson by 1 October 2019.


Ian McPhedran is an award-winning journalist and the author of a number bestselling books, including The Amazing SAS and Too Bold to Die. His most recent book was The Mighty Krait. Until 2016 Ian was the national defence writer for News Corp Australia based in Canberra. In 1993, he won a United Nations Association Peace Media Award and in 1999 he won a Walkley Award for his expose of the Navy’s Collins Class Submarine fiasco. Ian now lives in Sydney. 



David Crowe is Chief Political Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and a regular commentator on national affairs on the ABC’s Insiders program, the Nine Network, ABC’s Radio National and Sky News. In a career spanning 25 years, he has covered federal politics as the national affairs editor of The Australian and Chief Political Correspondent of The Australian Financial Review, as well as reporting on business as a correspondent in the United States. David is based in Canberra and you can follow him on Twitter at @CroweDM.