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COMING SOON: Keating by Kerry O’Brien

The long awaited biography of former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, by influential political interviewer Kerry O’Brien will be available this month. Keating is a treasure trove of anecdotes, insights, reflections and occasional admissions from one of the most loved and hated political leaders Australia has ever seen – a man who was the driving force through thirteen years of Labor go... Read more

by | October 5, 2015

David Day, author of Paul Keating: The Biography, chats to John Purcell

David Day is one of Australia’s most respected historians, author of the award-winning biographies of John Curtin and Ben Chifley. He chats to John Purcell about his latest book Paul Keating: The Biography. Grab a copy of Paul Keating: The Biography here Paul Keating: The Biography The Story of A Prime Minister Paul Keating was one of the most significant political figures of the late twe... Read more

by | March 23, 2015

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser dies aged 84

Former Prime Minister and champion of human rights Malcolm Fraser has passed away. “It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of 20 March 2015,” a statement read. “We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at th... Read more

by | March 20, 2015

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Wayne Swan, former Treasurer and author of The Good Fight, chats to John Purcell

Wayne Swan was the rock in one of the Labor Party’s most tumultuous periods in their history. He talks to John Purcell about his new political memoir The Good Fight. The Good Fight by Wayne Swan A highly personal account of the Rudd and Gillard governments from the heart of the Cabinet and the real story of how Australia avoided the Great Recession from the man recognised as the best trea... Read more

by | December 24, 2014

The State of the Nation? Take Two Books and Call Me in the Morning

What the hell has happened to politics in Australia? Never before have I felt so repulsed by the goings-on in our various parliaments. The last few years have left me feeling completely disenfranchised. I am certain good work has been done in that time, but how would I know? The coverage of politics has been less about the ideas being debated and more about the personalities debating them. Corr... Read more

by | July 30, 2014

Nelson Mandela Passes Away, Aged 95

Former South African President and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela has died peacefully at his Johannesburg home after a prolonged lung infection. His contribution to the world was immense, becoming the first black South African President and a key figure in ending the brutal apartheid regime that had ruled the country since 1948. After becoming a lawyer, he was repeatedly arrested f... Read more

by | December 6, 2013

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: John Howard on Misogyny, Paul Keating, and the new edition of Lazarus Rising

When former Prime Minister John Howard visited Booktopia, John Purcell took the chance to ask him the hard questions in a rare and candid interview. The Johns discuss Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech, his role in the rise of Tony Abbott, the controversial WorkChoices legislation, as well as his views on his Prime Ministerial predecessor Paul Keating and the future of Australian education. ... Read more

by | December 3, 2013

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Mark Greig, son of Tony Greig, talks about his new book Tony Greig : Love, War and Cricket

Grab a copy of Tony Greig : Love, War and Cricket here Tony Greig: Love, War and Cricket by Mark Greig and Joyce Greig Tony Greig was a fearless cricketer, a born entertainer, a stalwart friend and a loving son and father. His death in December 2012 was met with an outpouring of grief from friends, family, fans and colleagues alike. Summer in Australia will never be the same. This enthralling m... Read more

by | November 18, 2013

Review of Michael Fullilove’s Rendezvous with Destiny by Terry Purcell

Michael Fullilove’s Rendezvous with Destiny has been met with glowing reviews from all quarters. Terry Purcell shares his thoughts. In 1939, America was nervous and parochial; yet in 1940, she began to re-arm and re-mobilise; and by the end of 1941 she was at war and her course was set towards global leadership. This important new book by the Lowy Institute’s Michael Fullilove commences w... Read more

by | September 18, 2013

The Election Collection: Books To Make Voting Easier #ausvotes

All Australians over the age of eighteen must vote in the Federal Election on 7th September, 2013. Surprisingly, there are many voters who have yet to decide who they will vote for. Some seem completely perplexed. Never fear, The Election Collection is here. A fail-safe guide to the election using one of humankind’s greatest achievements – the book. Yes, the book. Who knew the humbl... Read more

by | August 27, 2013