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The controversial former doctor is calling his book Enigma, and through publishing it he hopes to dispel some misunderstandings that have dogged him for years.
Especially those surrounding Edelsten's conviction for perverting the course of justice in 1990, and the subsequent year he spent in jail.
"It was intimidating, fearsome - everyday was just such a long day. As Orson Wells once said, 'every day in jail is like a year'", says Edelsten of the experience.
The 68-year-old ex-doctor was made famous after he was deregistered and jailed over the case that linked him to the Sydney underworld.
It's a charge he's still pursuing to have overturned.
In the book Edelsten talks about the “humiliating experience” is wife Brynne endured when she was 'forced to strip naked and be photographed' while travelling through Australian Customs in 2008.
"It was humiliating but they went through all of our stuff, our phones, our computers, our luggage, we were strip searched, all of us, privately in our own rooms, it was video tapped and I mean I hadn't done anything. I got a letter of apology from the Government but it was just such a horrible, embarrassing thing to go through", he said.
Now Brynne fears that video tape may one day surface in the public arena.
"You have no reassurance that won’t happen, you have no reassurance that it's actually destroyed and I don't think that's fair", Brynne told Today Tonight.
The book will tell the story of his rise to mega-wealth, how he re-built his empire, recently selling a chain of medical clinics with a partner for a rumoured $200 million."I've got ventures from coal mines in Indonesia, to hotel in Dominican Republic, to real estate in the USA, to fashion label called Nurielle that Brynne favours - we're taking that worldwide", he said.
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