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  • Published: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742759173
  • Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 45

Reflections on Recollections of a Bleeding Heart (Storycuts)


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Ten years on, award-winning writer Don Watson reflects on Paul Keating's response to Recollections of a Bleeding Heart.

Ten years on, award-winning writer Don Watson reflects on Paul Keating's response to Recollections of a Bleeding Heart.

Ranging across the contract, roles and expectations of writing speeches for the orator to own; the bonds and boundaries of speechwriter and maker; how politics and government work in this country; and the freedoms and responsibilities of the biographer, Don Watson gives us much to consider. Including the role of the Keating government in the demise of big-picture politics and the move to poll-driven caution, the transition from society to economy and the debasement of political debate.

Including a bonus free chapter from Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, anniversary edition.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742759173
  • Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 45

About the Author

Don Watson

Don Watson's books, articles and essays have been widely acclaimed. His bestselling titles include Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, which won the Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association's Book of the Year, Death Sentence, which won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year, Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words, and American Journeys, which won The Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Book of the Year, the inaugural Indie Award for Non-Fiction and the Walkley Non-Fiction Award. In 2010 Don was awarded the Phillip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Australian Literature. Since 2003 his website weaselwords.com.au has been documenting the viral spread of management-speak and the decline of public language. His critically acclaimed 2014 book The Bush recently won the Indie Book of the Year and the NSW Premier's Literary Award.

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