AUSTRALIAN. From London to New York to Sydney and through to a sweep of the world's war zones, this contemporary political novel takes the reader into the desert of the Arabian Peninsular, Bosnia, Chechnya, South Africa, Rwanda and Baghdad. Covering fourteen years in the life of a journalist, from her initial reportage in Riyadh in 1991 as an idealistic young correspondent, to Baghdad in 2004 where she feels like an automaton, unable to register anything unless it cuts her down to the bone. For too long Kate has been getting on planes that take her to places that no longer ignite a flame of interest. More importantly, she knows she's been making dangerous choices. When she writes a story that angers jihadists about to claim responsibility for the latest suicide bombing in Baghdad she is forced to leave Iraq and returns to the house she lived in as a child on the Australian coast. But before she goes there is something she must do.