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It began as rumors. 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.

Cover design by Julie Scriver from the trade paperback edition of Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation. Cover illustration inspired by a photo by Peter Bregg/Stringer (Getty Images). Reproduced by permission of Goose Lane Editions.

©2016 Kevin Donovan (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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I listened to this story over one weekend! Although I knew about the story from the news, I could not stop listening to find out what happened next! A great listening!

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I was a Q fan until I learned what the allegations against Ghomeshi were. This account is useful context, as the sheer number and similarities between the allegations, coupled with my instinct to believe the women (and men) let me understand and move on. What a creep. Hats off to CBC for having the guts to cut their star.