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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

SOMERTON MAN: THE BOOKMAKER FROM RABAUL, AN UPDATE


Recommended Reading!



The Bookmaker from Rabaul is a fictionalised account of the Somerton Man case. An enduring Australian mystery that began in December 1948 when a body was discovered on Somerton Beach: a man, overdressed for hot weather and no clue as to his identity.

Who was he? How and why did he die? Did the Somerton Man get out of his depth in a world of espionage and events beyond his control or comprehension? And what about Jessica – the woman he loved and whose life he changed forever.

This vividly imagined and meticulously researched account offers a gripping fictional interpretation of a true-life mystery that remains unsolved to this day. A detailed afterword describes the people and events that inspired this book.


Fellow Blogger Pete Bowes has been working assiduously on the production of his latest book, 'The Bookmaker From Rabaul'.  Those who have been following Pete's Toms By Two blog will be quite familiar with the story of this story! Knowing Pete, I am certain that this book will be a fascinating read and I am really looking forward to getting my copy from Amazon, it's to be released there on December 1st. A propitious date for the Somerton Man.

Congrats to you Pete, I wish you every success!


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