Neal Blewett reviews 'The Killing Season Uncut' by Sarah Ferguson with Patricia Drum

Neal Blewett reviews 'The Killing Season Uncut' by Sarah Ferguson with Patricia Drum

The Killing Season Uncut

by Sarah Ferguson, with Patricia Drum

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.

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Neal Blewett

Neal Blewett

Neal Blewett has had a varied career as academic, politician, and diplomat. A Tasmanian Rhodes scholar, he taught successively at the Universities of Oxford and Adelaide and became Professor of Political Theory and Institutions at Flinders University. He has written books and articles on British and Australian history and politics. As Health Minister in the Hawke government he was responsible for the introduction of Medicare and Australia’s Aids policy. His diary of the Keating government was published in 1999. From 1994 to 1998 he was Australian High Commissioner in London as well as a member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. He now writes, gardens, and walks in the Blue Mountains.

Published in August 2016, no. 383