Another challenging editing job has reached its successful conclusion, and one of which I am especially proud.
It was a long time in the overall process with much rejigging, rewriting and tightening of the text. Meticulous and determined research produced a voluminous amount of detailed information, much of it revealed here for the first time, that had to be whittled down, ordered and presented in readily accessible form.
The gestation period for this “baby” was lengthy and arduous,; a birth of extended and sometimes labour.
It is a story that needed to be told, and who better to tell it than the main man’s daughter? Author Elizabeth McCarthy (Jess) lived with the stresses and strains of this fight for justice for many years yet manages a dispassionate account of the in-fighting, devious politics and outright obfuscation that dominated her family’s life throughout this saga.
The Voyager “incident” has become a major and tragic event of recent Australian history and one that is destined never to diminish. Its impact on the political and naval landscape will long remain with us and this book adds a vital new dimension to the immense and diverse record already in existence.