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Publisher Description

It began as rumours. Whispers at dinner parties. Warnings about bad dates with a Canadian celebrity. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, superstar CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi revealed his interest in "rough sex" in a long Facebook post, and a scandal of unprecedented scale descended on the radio host.

What the public did not know was that months before Ghomeshi's emotional post, Canadaland podcaster Jesse Brown and Toronto Star journalist Kevin Donovan were quietly pursuing serious allegations against him. In Secret Life, Donovan takes us inside the Star's investigation. Step by step, he explores the story as only he can: the media frenzy, his own personal and professional doubts, the women who came forward with stories about an alleged dark side of a national idol, and Ghomeshi's ignominious firing and dramatic criminal trial. Taking us behind the scenes, Donovan sheds light on the journalistic process and the complexity of gathering information about a highly sensitive matter from named and confidential sources, including those women who feared it was their word against a beloved public figure's.

Secret Life is a thought-provoking account of the landmark Ghomeshi exposé; that sparked a nation-wide discussion on sexual assault, the cult of celebrity, and the politics of power and gender in the workplace.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 4
Goose Lane Editions
eBOUND Canada

Customer Reviews

View from the 12th ,

Great Investigation

An account leading up to the trials and beyond that lays out the facts of the story. The journalists account is well worth it, giving the reader insight into the behind the scenes workings of a national newspaper and the serious business that investigates & informs readers. The writing is steady, the tone is strong, making this book an informative read about one of the most sensational stories to hit the headlines.

Bev52 ,

Nothing but the truth

Never mind what happened in court, if ever there was a doubt as to how Jian Ghomeshi really behaved towards women, these doubts are now put to rest. This is an utterly believable piece of investigative journalism which started the whole process. Most of the women assaulted by the star, but were afraid to lay charges, are interviewed in this book by a very compassionate and careful Kevin Donovan. Reading this account has really opened my eyes to the issue of sexual assault, why women hesitate to report it, and how the courts have continually failed to prosecute the perpetrators.

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