From on or about 27 August 2019, Hachette Australia published a book entitled “Walking Towards Thunder” (“the Book”) authored by Peter Fox.
Detective Inspector Jeff Little BM has asserted that the Book contained various false allegations about him in relation to his conduct as then Detective Sergeant Jeff Little BM in charge of Strike Force Lantle investigating sexual abuse in the Newcastle/Maitland Diocese of the Catholic Church.
Peter Fox and Hachette Australia did not intend to convey such allegations about Detective Inspector Little BM. To the extent any reader understood the Book to convey such allegations, Peter Fox and Hachette Australia withdraw them and apologise for any hurt and embarrassment felt by Detective Inspector Jeff Little BM and caused by the publication of the Book.
Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, is thrilled to announce that Aisling Smith, author of Petrichor, has been awarded the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for 2020.