The Killing Season Uncut
Melbourne University Press, $32.99 pb, 310 pp, 9780522869958
Books have long provided fodder for films and television. Now films and television series, particularly documentaries, spawn books. The Killing Season Uncut is a book version of the television documentary in which Sarah Ferguson dissected perhaps the most dramatic seven years in Australian political history. For personal drama, 2006–13 had it all: three defenestrations of Opposition leaders (Brendan Nelson, Kim Beazley, Malcolm Turnbull), two regicides (Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard), and one more failed and one aborted leadership challenge.