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Laurence Barlow

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Laurence Barlow was one of the country's most respected police officers, a man who'd spent the majority of his nearly 30 years in the force on the frontline of operational policing. His work involved helping to quell riots, ending sieges, rescuing hostages, wrestling gunmen and smashing drug rings. He worked with Samantha during the 2005 Cronulla riots, and married her the following year. At the time of the attack, he was on shift work as a Tactical Commander at the riot squad where he regularly relieved as the Commander, on call 24/7. He is still in the police force and also doing his Masters in public policy at Sydney University.

Samantha and Laurence live in Sydney and have three young children.

Books by Laurence Barlow

Left for Dead

Samantha could have been any woman - her attacker was a junkie after money. Her story touched people everywhere: her resilience, her indomitable spirit and her triumphant return to work after 22 months of rehab is an inspiration to all Australians.

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Left for Dead: A True Story of Resilience and Courage

A gritty policing story with triumph over adversity at its heart – the true story of a female cop who was bashed on her way to work and her incredible recovery.

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