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Australian Books

Writing about leaders

1 April 2023

9:00 AM

1 April 2023

9:00 AM

Political Lives: Australian Prime Ministers and their Biographers Chris Wallace

UNSW Press, pp.314, $39.99

Historian Chris Wallace, who currently holds a professorship at the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra, rightly argues that writing biographies of prime ministers is a unique form of political intervention.

Formerly a long-standing member of the Canberra press gallery, Ms Wallace, who was writing a biography of then prime minister Julia Gillard, did something unusual.

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Ross Fitzgerald is Emeritus Professor of History and Politics at Griffith University. His most recent publications are the co-authored satire, ‘The Lowest Depths’, set in Vladimir Putrid’s Russia; and a memoir ‘Fifty Years Sober’. (Hybrid)

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