Labor’s downfall: @mattyhoran review of @apatrickafr book

By Matthew Horan @mattyhoran No Fibs political books reviewer 13 November, 2013 It’s hard to read Aaron Patrick’s Downfall – How the Labor Party ripped itself apart and not make comparisons with the ultimately disappointing The Stalking of Julia Gillard. Kerry-Anne Walsh’s book canvassed much the same period and will now be turned into a mini-series starring Rachel Griffith – and it’s a shame, because Patrick’s book is the better, and more incisive, read. Patrick, a Financial Review journalist, brings an intimate knowledge of events to bear, not least because as a former Young Labor activist he was close to new Labor leader Bill Shorten in the early ‘90s. Written before the […]

Review – The Stalking of Julia Gillard

By Matthew Horan  @mattyhoran July 9 2013 With the blood still fresh on the walls of the caucus room, Kerry-Anne Walsh’s The Stalking of Julia Gillard is a victim of excellent – or poor – timing. Excellent because the public is looking for an insight into what went wrong with the nation’s first female PM in her disastrous three-year interregnum. Disastrous because the book is just as quickly out of date as soon as it arrives on shelves. Such is the nature of political reportage. However those looking for a definitive history of the Gillard years will need to wait a bit longer. Walsh’s book is not this. It’s a cry […]