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  • Published: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857980496
  • Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 45

The Big House on the Hill


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Before The West Wing, there was Don Watson.

Before The West Wing, there was Don Watson.

In exquisite prose, and utilising the walk-and-talk style made popular by Aaron Sorkin, Don Watson details for us where the Prime Minister's Office sits and how it functions within Parliament House, the Big House on the Hill.

From Watson's seminal memoir of life in politics Recollections of a Bleeding Heart and featuring a bonus free chapter from his bestselling Death Sentence: The decay of public language.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857980496
  • 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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Praise for The Big House on the Hill

“A superb distillation of the atmosphere - the reality and the theatre - of the Federal Parliament. Watson documents the bizarre intensity of life in a PM's office, the 'tunnel vision' required of advisers and the sometimes uneasy relationship between the leader's office and other MPs.”

Dr Carmen Lawrence


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