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BOB HAWKE: DEMONS AND DESTINY
WITH TROY BRAMSTON,
IN-CONVERSATION WITH
TORY SHEPHERD

THURSDAY 31 MARCH 2022, 6PM-7PM, ACDT

ONLINE EVENT
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

Join us for an online event with award winning and best-selling author and journalist, Troy Bramston, discussing his latest book, Bob Hawke: Demons and Destiny.

This unprecedented biography of Hawke includes an exclusive series of interviews with him – the last that he gave – as well as unfiltered access to his extensive trove of personal papers. It features new interviews with more than 100 people who knew and worked with Hawke, including his family and friends; political and union colleagues, and rivals; advisers and public servants; and journalists; along with international contemporaries of Hawke such as George H.W. Bush, John Major, Brian Mulroney, James Baker and George Shultz.

It also brings together an extraordinary array of never-before-seen archival documents: family diaries, notes, letters and scrapbooks; school and university reports; cabinet, departmental and vice-regal papers; party strategy documents, polling and caucus minutes; and secret correspondence and meeting records between Hawke and other Cold War leaders.

Troy Bramston tells the remarkable story of Hawke’s upbringing and education, the people and events that shaped him, his rise through the union movement, his complex personality and personal life, and his nine-year government from 1983 to 1991, plus his post-prime ministerial life and legacy.

This book is about the real Hawke, chronicling the stunning triumphs and shocking failures, a life riddled with huge flaws and great virtues marked by redemption and reinvention, which changed Australia and shaped the world. Revelatory and compelling, it will shock and surprise those who think they know the story of Australia’s most popular prime minister.

Troy will be in-conversation with journalist and author, Tory Shepherd.

Books are available for purchase from the Penguin website.

TROY BRAMSTON
SENIOR WRITER AND COLUMNIST, THE AUSTRALIAN

troy bramston

Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper since 2011. He was previously a columnist with the Sunday Telegraph.

Troy is the author or editor of ten books, including Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics (2019) and Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader (2016). Troy co-authored The Truth of the Palace Letters (2020) and The Dismissal (2015) with Paul Kelly.

He was the co-winner of the Australian Book Industry Award for The Dismissal. His biography of Paul Keating was a finalist for the Walkley Award, shortlisted for the National Biography Award and longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Award. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.

The Australian News Archive: Troy Bramston
Twitter: @TroyBramston
A Journey Through The Archive 
The Truth of the Palace Letters

TORY SHEPHERD
JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR

tory shepherd

Tory Shepherd is a senior reporter for Guardian Australia, a freelance writer, and the author of On Freedom.

After finishing Honours in Anthropology and a Masters in Communication, she ended up as a ‘mature-age’ cadet at the paper 15 years ago. She is a Walkley Award judge and a Churchill Fellow.

Twitter: @ToryShepherd
Facebook: Tory Shepherd
The Guardian: Tory Shepherd

 

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While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future.

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