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  • Published: 21 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781743481110
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 312
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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.

'Samantha Barlow doesn't stand a chance. As she walks briskly past the start of Arthur Park on her left, she can't see a dark figure slinking out of the shadows towards her. The first she knows of his presence is when she feels a blow, hard to the back of her head, delivered with such force, it actually dents her skull.'

Samantha Barlow's life changed the day she was brutally attacked on the way to work in Sydney's notorious Kings Cross. The popular, confident young woman was left for dead, dragging herself to a lonely bus stop, desperate to stay alive for her two young children. The police who attended the crime scene didn't recognise their colleague.

Inspector Laurence Barlow watched helplessly as his wife's life lay in the balance. He'd spent his career stopping violent offenders, but now found himself on the other side of a crisis.

Samantha was a highly respected sergeant, but she 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. This is a brave family's journey to recovery.

  • Published: 21 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781743481110
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 312
Categories:

About the authors

Laurence Barlow

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.

Samantha Barlow

Samantha Barlow, bright, bubbly and eager to help others, decided at the age of ten that she wanted nothing more than to be a police officer. The youngest new recruit in her year, she raced through the ranks and was tipped to be headed right to the top as one of the country's first female police commissioners. She won a host of medals for her courage and commitment as she battled to recover from a vicious attack in Sydney's notorious Kings Cross, from which she was left for dead.

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

Sue Williams

Sue Williams is the author of a crime series set in Rusty Bore, population 147. Sue was raised in country Victoria and hotly denies this provided any inspiration for her writing. She is a science and travel writer and a chartered accountant who also holds a PhD in marine biology. These days, Sue lives in Melbourne with her husband. Her previous two Cass Tuplin books are Murder with the Lot and Dead Men Don’t Order Flake.

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