I won’t dwell for long on this, my first non-fiction pick of the year.
As a political journalist I had front row seats for the Abbott government’s self-destruction, so reading this felt a lot like work.
That’s not to say this is a bad book, merely that I typically read to escape my day job rather than relive it.
Patrick writes well and his analysis and conclusions are sound. For Australians who aren’t intimately familiar with the details of Tony Abbott’s downfall – the incompetence, the dysfunction, the paranoia – this is as good a place as any to start. Even for someone well versed in the whole sorry mess, I found value in seeing it all condensed and collated – although it’s short on new information.
(For my international visitors, Tony Abbott’s brief and spectacularly unsuccessful run as prime minister ended last year when his party kicked him out and replaced him with Malcolm Turnbull. Peta Credlin was Abbott’s powerful but divisive chief of staff.)
Next: A prize winner.
DISCLAIMER: I was supplied a copy of this book by the publisher, Black Inc.
SECOND DISCLAIMER: Aaron Patrick is employed by Fairfax Media, which is also my employer. However I don’t know him personally.