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  • Published: 31 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143574088
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $30.00

The Dismissal

A Groundbreaking New History




Drawing on a range of new sources, some of which have never before been made public – including hundreds of pages from Kerr's archives – this remarkable account is dispassionate in its analysis, vivid in its narrative and brutal in its conclusions. It exposes the true motivations, the extent of the deceit and the scale of the collusion.

Forty years on, the dismissal remains one of the most damaging and controversial events in Australian politics.

This groundbreaking book by two of our leading journalists provides a startling reinterpretation of events. It tells the story of the clash between extraordinary personalities: two political giants – Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser – and an ambitious and calculating governor-general, Sir John Kerr.

Drawing on a range of new sources, some of which have never before been made public – including hundreds of pages from Kerr's archives – this remarkable account is dispassionate in its analysis, vivid in its narrative and brutal in its conclusions. It exposes the true motivations, the extent of the deceit and the scale of the collusion.

  • Pub date: 31 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143574088
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $30.00

About the Authors

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly is editor-at-large of The Australian. He has been editor-in-chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Paul appears each week on Australian Agenda and before that was a regular on Insiders for nearly a decade. He is the author of nine books: The Unmaking of Gough, The Hawke Ascendancy, The End of Certainty, November 1975, Paradise Divided, 100 Years: The Australian Story, The March of Patriots, Triumph and Demise and The Dismissal.

Troy Bramston

Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011. He was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph.

Troy is the author or editor of nine books, including Paul Keating: the big-picture leader (2016), and, co-authored with Paul Kelly, The Dismissal: in the Queen’s Name (2015).

He was the co-winner of the Australian Book Industry Award for The Dismissal. His biography of Paul Keating was a finalist for the Walkley Award, shortlisted for the National Biography Award, and longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Award. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.

Troy has worked as a policy and political adviser, and speechwriter in government, opposition, and the private sector. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Nicky, and two children, Madison and Angus.


Praise for The Dismissal

“A perfect guide to the dismissal for any newcomers and a joy of a read for any signed up tragics”

Richard Ferguson, The Spectator (Australia)

“The information — much of it new — contained in this up-to-date analysis of the dismissal of Gough Whitlam as prime minister is utterly fascinating. Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston have uncovered fresh documents and interviewed scores of participants in the events leading up to, during and after the momentous day of November 11, 1975 . . . Extremely illuminating”

Ross Fitzgerald, Weekend Australian

“A monumental effort of unrelenting, tenacious research by Paul and his colleague Troy Bramston . . . another stellar contribution to a better understanding of our nation's history”

Malcolm Turnbull


Awards & Recognition

  • Australian Book Industry Awards

    Winner • 2016 • General Non-fiction Book of the Year (Readers' Choice)


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