Damien Comerford is a journalist who has recently published a very interesting non-fiction book. I had the pleasure of interviewing him.
I am intrigued by your book, ‘Cover Up’. Can you tell me a little bit about it please?
Cover Up, is a non fiction book that re-investigates five of the world’s biggest crimes including the death of Princess Diana in the Alma Tunnel, and the death of Pope John Paul I after only 33 days in office. The starting point for my re-investigations, were the transcripts and reports of the official inquiries conducted into each case. I wanted to see, whether the conclusions reached in each of the five cases, were supported by the evidence. But in the course of my work, I discovered a great deal of previously unreported new evidence.
Were you shocked by some of the things you found out?
I think shocked would be an understatement. The one thing in common with all of the five cases featured in the book was a pathetically inadequate investigation that simply did not support the official findings. The book is called Cover Up and that is what they were. For example, in the case of Princess Diana, there was not one shred of credible evidence to support the claim that Chauffeur Henri Paul was drunk when he crashed the Mercedes carrying the Princess and Dodi Al Fayed in the Alma Tunnel. Two post mortem examinations were conducted on Paul’s body to try and establish his culpability. Both post mortem examinations were complete failures. Readers of my book will go on an investigative journey as I take them through all of the clues and all of the evidence.
How long did it take you to write ‘Cover Up’?
I have been working on the book for the best part of two years. Most of that time was devoted to researching the cases. The writing part took about four months.
Is this a book people will find hard to put down?
That is a really difficult question for my to answer. I think everyone who produces a book, hopes that will be the case. I guess that is a question best answered by the reader but one reviewer has described my book in the way your question suggests.
Are there any more books to come?
My word there is. I have a number of books in the pipeline. My next book is the investigation of disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 over the Ukraine.
Describe a day in your life.
Unfortunately, at this point in time I am unable to make a living solely from my writing. I have a television production company that does web based video so that keeps me busy. I also have my blog http://damiencomerford.com
Did you always want to be a journalist?
To be honest the career I initially wanted to pursue was as a barrister at law. I planned to transfer from my Arts degree but soon after I started University, I discovered the campus radio station and I began doing interviews and news reports and the rest, as they say, is history.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy scuba diving and attending concerts and live theatre.
Damien Comerford’s career in journalism and television production spans more than twenty-five years. Beginning as a reporter in the 1980s, he has been involved in a wide range of media projects and received numerous industry awards for excellence journalism, media and television production, and current affairs programming.
He was the executive producer of a primetime long-format current affairs television show in New Zealand, during which the team tracked down and confronted the French Secret Service agent who put in place the bomb that killed Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira.
In 2009, Comerford decided to turn his decades of experience with covering major news events into a book. The five stories profiled in Cover Up possessed a sense of injustice so strong, he couldn’t refrain from delving deeper, hoping to reopen the investigations and find out the truth.
Damien Comerford has very kindly sent me a copy of ‘Cover Up’ and one very lucky people has the chance to win it. To enter just leave a comment telling me why you want to read this book.
Terms and Conditions
This competition is open worldwide.
The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 18th January 2015.
The winner will be notified within 7 days.
Good luck! 🙂