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A Bigger Picture

Malcolm Turnbull

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Hardie Grant Books
20 April 2020
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I've started reading Malcolm Turnbull’s autobiography. Rest assured, this is an exciting book to read! Malcolm is a true wordsmith.

I raced through the first 44 pages called Beginnings, in which he talks about his love for his father and absent mother, and his journalistic adventures contributing to Nation Review and The Bulletin, as well as Channel 9 and Radio 2SM, while studying at Sydney University, and later at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and of course his love for his wife, Lucy Hughes Turnbull, and their two children, Alex and Daisy. Lucy’s reply to his first proposal of marriage was “let’s wait till we grow up”.

Part 2 is called Law, Business and The Republic 1983-2003 and begins as he is appointed General Counsel for Kerry Packer. This appointment was initially for a year, while he wound up the affairs of his father, who had died tragically in a light aircraft crash, but as we know, the appointment lasted longer and there is much excitement ahead.

Part 3 is Parliament 2004-13. Part 4 is the Abbott Government 2013-15. Part 5 is the Turnbull Government 2015-18. And his final words? "I have surrendered the title of Prime Minister, but I retain the most important title in our democracy: an Australian citizen, with all of the responsibility and opportunity that entails." Eve Abbey


Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, tells the remarkable story of his life in this lively political page-turner.

When Malcolm Turnbull took over the nation’s top job, there was a sense of excitement in Australia. Sky-high opinion polls followed as the political outsider with a successful business, legal and media career took charge. The infighting that dogged politics for the best part of a decade looked to be over. Yet within three years, a right-wing insurgency brutally deposed him, leaving many Australians asking: ‘Why?’

Exceptionally candid and compelling, A Bigger Picture is the definitive narrative of Turnbull’s prime ministership. He describes how he legalised same-sex marriage, established Snowy Hydro 2.0, stood up to Donald Trump, rebooted Australia’s defence industry and many more achievements – remarkable in their pace, significance and that they were delivered in the teeth of so much opposition. But it’s far more than just politics. Turnbull’s life has been filled with colourful characters and controversies, success and failure. From his early years in Sydney, growing up with a single father, to defending 'Spycatcher' Peter Wright against the UK Government, the years representing Kerry Packer, leading the Republican Movement, making millions in business and finally toppling Tony Abbott to become Prime Minister of Australia. For the first time he tells it all – in his own words.

With revelatory insights on the workings of Canberra and the more contentious events of his life, this book reveals the strengths and vulnerabilities of one of Australia’s most dynamic business and political leaders. Lyrically written in highly readable and entertaining prose, this is a genuine page-turner that’s not just for political junkies.
By:   Malcolm Turnbull
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   1.290kg
ISBN:   9781743795637
ISBN 10:   1743795637
Pages:   704
Publication Date:   20 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Malcolm Turnbull was educated at Vaucluse Public School and Sydney Grammar School, before graduating from Sydney University with a BA LLB. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford. During and after his studies at Sydney University, Malcolm worked as a journalist with The Bulletin, 2SM, TCN 9 and the London Sunday Times. After a successful career in journalism Malcolm began practising law in 1980. He quickly established a reputation as an effective advocate, most notably when he successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British government, in the 'Spycatcher' trial. Malcolm left law for business in 1987 where he has since been responsible for the establishment and success of many Australian businesses. In 1997 Malcolm was elected to attend the Australian Constitutional Convention. He led the republican case in that convention and in the subsequent referendum. At the federal election on 9 October 2004, Malcolm was elected as the member for Wentworth. Following a leadership ballot in September 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to lead the Liberal Party as leader of the opposition, a position held until 1 December 2009. Malcolm was the minister for Communications from September 2013 to September 2015. He was elected the leader of the Liberal Party and prime minister on 14 September 2015 and was re-elected as prime minister of Australia at the federal election on 2 July 2016, leaving parliament in 2018. Malcolm and his wife, Lucy, live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and have two children and four grandchildren.

Reviews for A Bigger Picture

'This is the most extraordinary, revealing, incendiary and often compelling Australian prime ministerial memoir published. Nothing compares. Hard to put down.' - Troy Bramston This is the most extraordinary, revealing, incendiary and often compelling Australian prime ministerial memoir published. Nothing compares. Hard to put down. -- Troy Bramston * Twitter *

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