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Voyeurs and players

Tales from the Political Trenches

by Maxine McKew

Melbourne University Press, $29.99 pb, 256 pp, 9780522862218

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is the author of several books on literature and the performing arts, the most recent of which,

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By its title, Tales from the Political Trenches promises reportage from the front line, eyewitness accounts of what really happens in the hidden zones of the political battlefield. The tales told here follow a rollercoaster sequence of political events: the meteoric rise of Kevin Rudd, Maxine McKew’s triumph over John Howard in the seat of Bennelong in the 2007 election, the plotting of malcontents, the sudden strike by a deputy whose ambitions could not be curbed. The bloodletting may be figurative, but it’s an almost Shakespearean dramatic pattern. There are shades of Richard II, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth.

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