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Acclaimed journalists and husband and wife, Sarah Ferguson and Tony Jones, team up for the first time in their multi-award-winning careers to write Revelation, the book behind the groundbreaking ABC TV series, to be published on 29th September 2020.

Sarah Ferguson currently presents Revelation, a major documentary series on the criminal priests and brothers of the Catholic Church, whose crimes are laid bare for the first time in their own words.

In the book of Revelation, meet Australia’s worst serial paedophiles and bear witness to how the Catholic Church covered up their sins, with unprecedented access to the courts and justice system by Sarah Ferguson and Tony Jones, who guide readers through the forensic process of an investigative journalist. The book will deliver chilling insights and never-before-revealed material to lay bare this vital story, in the hope that these horrors can never happen again.

“This book is an opportunity to share with readers the full story of Revelation, what I have learned about child abuse and the Catholic Church. It’s a story of both crimes and cover-ups and the rituals that unforgivably have offered them solace and protection,” said Sarah Ferguson.

“Working with Tony was a joy despite the intensity of this saga...he is one of the best television writers in the country, with a razor-sharp instinct for the story and its moral heart, which translated to the deeper work of writing the book.”

Hachette Australia publisher-at-large Louise Adler said, “Having worked with Sarah Ferguson on her two earlier books, The Killing Season and On Mother, I know her to have the forensic skills and moral gravitas to guide us readers through this heartbreaking and horrific saga. Written together with the award-winning current affairs journalist Tony Jones, Revelation is one of the most important stories of our times. It is a privilege to publish Revelation, a story of the torment and tragedy some men, aided and abetted by the Catholic Church, inflicted on innocent children.”

Revelation will be published by Hachette Australia in September 2020. For the latest book news and reading extras sign up to our newsletter. Join the conversation on Twitter @HachetteAus


Sarah Ferguson is an ABC journalist. In the same year that she worked on The Killing Season and wrote a book about the series, she wrote and presented Hitting Home, the landmark series on domestic violence. She has presented the ABC’s 7.30 and worked as a journalist on Four Corners, where she has won four Walkleys – including the Gold Walkley in 2011 for ‘A Bloody Business’ – the Melbourne Press Club Gold Quill Award, five Logies for most outstanding public affairs report, as well as the George Munster Award for Independent Journalism and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. Her latest project is a three-part television series, Revelation, about the Catholic Church and the sexual abuse of children.

Tony Jones is one of Australia’s most well-known journalists, winning many awards including six of Australia’s leading journalism awards, the Walkleys and 2 Logie Awards. Crikey awarded him “Outstanding Media Practitioner of the Year” for “ferocious intelligence, polite calmness, [being a] dogged interrogator, deep political instincts and juggling the running agenda, [and having] a great sense of context”. He presented the ABC’s premier current affairs program Lateline for over a decade before hosting Q&A for 12 years. He has also found time to write two acclaimed thrillers, The Twentieth Man and In Darkness Visible.

  • Revelation - Sarah Ferguson and Tony Jones

    Expanding on the ground-breaking ABC documentary, Walkley award-winning journalists Sarah Ferguson and Tony Jones lay bare the criminal action of priests and brothers within the Catholic Church and show how senior members of the Church did nothing to stop the evil within.

  • On Mother - Sarah Ferguson

    The unexpected death of Sarah Ferguson's mother has brought her to understand their relationship with a new clarity and to appreciate the woman beyond the mother. On Mother is a deeply personal reflection on mothers and daughters, and life.

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