Sheer Madness: Sex, Lies And Politics

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HarperCollins, Jan 1, 2014 - Fiction - 384 pages
Sheer Madness: Sex, Lies and Politics explodes off the page with honesty and humour. Jan Murray – known to millions of Australians as the Cabinet Minister's wife who rocked the nation with her cheeky 60 Minutes revelation of having sex on his desk – now goes hell–for–leather to tell her story.

A deaf–eared kid from a working–class family who left school at fourteen, Jan married her teenage heart–throb and had five children by the age of twenty eight. She discovered feminism in her thirties, studied for a university degree, became a Canberra political insider, ran a successful PR company, and mixed it with princes, presidents and pop stars before, devastatingly, hitting the wall. Hers is a story that packs a mighty punch; sometimes biting and often enlightening but always entertaining!

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About the author (2014)

Jan Murray has lived long enough to have had several professional occupations but the one she is most proud to proclaim from on high is that of mother, having raised five amazing children to adulthood.

At fourteen, frustrated by her lack of education, Jan left school, taking it upon herself when her fifth child was born to matriculate and then undertake a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science. Juggling motherhood with study, she graduated from Macquarie University with Honours, working as a researcher, speech writer and press officer for several federal politicians before starting up a PR consultancy in the early eighties. Jan Murray & Associates (JMA) became a successful boutique consultancy with many high profile accounts to its credit.

Eventually, after a decade of serious corporate fun launching entertainment, tourism and property projects, managing the media profiles of the rich and famous and heading up some useful (and mostly altruistic) fund-raising projects, Jan decided it was time to leave the spin business to others, opting to follow a dream and take up the solitary life of a writer, setting her sights on writing and producing the Great Australian Screenplay. Although credible actors such as Kiefer Sutherland and Claudia Karvan were attached, Sweet Surrender is still languishing in a bottom drawer waiting for several millions of dollars to attach themselves to it before the cameras can roll.

Meanwhile, Jan was invited to appear as a guest on an episode of the legendary Beauty & the Beast agony aunt show produced by Foxtel and screened on Channel Ten five days a week. Somebody upstairs must have liked her confrontational, leftie style because she was still there a decade later, going head-to-head with the late, great Stan Zemanek. More than once, Jan was thrown off the show but, thanks to popular demand, was brought back again each time. It seems the viewers saw her as their champion and enjoyed seeing her sock it to the Beast on their behalf!

Presently Jan is a full-time, fulfilled writer and, because she is in favour of the widest possible spread for her books, she values her association with Harlequin.

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