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Book review: Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Author and journalist Ronan Farrow.

Review by Lesley Thomson

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators is the extremely topical title by award winning journalist Ronan Farrow.

Farrow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist (the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen).


Fast paced and detailed, this book tells of Farrow’s challenging investigations into the accusations of film producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged rape, sexual assault and abuse of women.

The trail soon leads to proof of exploitation, intimidation and corruption amongst other high-profile people, especially those with huge influence in the American media and presidency.

Farrow meets with victims of Weinstein, who tell of not only physical sexual abuse but of the fear and long-term effects on their lives. It is disturbing to learn that though people suspect such predatory behaviour takes place, it actually does. Farrow himself is threatened and spied on.

Weinstein was this week sentenced to 23 years in prison for his crimes.

Matt Lauer.


The book has been highly acclaimed in America. Though some of the people Farrow names, such as Matt Lauer, the then presenter of NBC’s Today show who was fired for sexual abuse, may not mean much to us in South Africa, this compelling book questions how widespread such mistreatment of women and cover-ups are worldwide.

ISBN 978 – 0 7088 – 9926 – 7 Published by Little Brown/Jonathan Ball rrp R325

• Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow is published by Fleet (£20). To order a copy go to or call 020 3176 3837. Free UK p&p over £15, online orders only. Phone orders minimum p&p of £1.99

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