Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM

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Knopf, 2002 - Australia - 756 pages
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Biography of the former Labor Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, based on notes the author compiled during his four years as Keating's speechwriter and focusing on Keating's four years as PM (December 1991-96). Keating set Australia on a new course - towards engagement with Asia, a republic, reconciliation, a modern export-based economy and public education and training, health and social security. Includes photos and index. Book received the 2003 National Biography Award, 2002 The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award, and 2002 The Age Book of the Award and Non-Fiction Prize. Author has previously written 'Brian Fitzpatrick: A Radical Life' and 'The Story of Australia'.

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Amazing tales of the Keating PM-ship. Gruesome & sad, but written by a true believer. Manages to tell the story of the ideas & not the minutiae of day to day politics. Read May 2004 Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

finally finished pretty dry stuff and sometimes borders on uninteresting but mostly interesting to read an insider's account that doesn't withhold too little, reveal too much or trashtalk all others involved. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Don Watson was born in 1949 in Australia. He is an author and public speaker. Watson grew up on a farm in Gippsland, took his undergraduate degree at La Trobe University and a PhD at Monash University and was for ten years an academic historian. He wrote three books on Australian history before turning his hand to TV and the stage.For several years he combined writing political satire for the actor Max Gillies with political speeches for the Premier of Victoria, John Cain. In 1992 he became Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating's speech-writer and adviser and his best-selling account of those years, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, won both The Age Book of the Year and non-fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association's Book of the Year. His 2001 Quarterly Essay Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America won the inaugural Alfred Deakin Prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.Death Sentence, his book about the decay of public language, was also a best seller and won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year. In 2015 his title,The Bush, won the Indie Book of the Year. It also won the Book of the Year at the 2015 New South Wales Premier Literary Awards and it won the Queensland Literary Award in the Nonfiction category 2015. The Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction and shortlisted for the Austtalian History Prize in the NSW Premier History Awards 2015. This same title made the Colin Roderick Award 2015 shortlist. Don Watson will be featured at the Mudgee Readers' Festival 2015. He will also be at the Tasmanian Writers and Writers Festival 2015.

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