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Plots and Prayers

Malcolm Turnbull's Demise and Scott Morrison's Ascension

Niki Savva

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Scribe Publications
02 July 2019
History; Political leaders & leadership; Political parties
In an enthralling sequel to her bestselling The Road to Ruin, Niki Savva reveals the inside story of a bungled coup that overthrew the Liberal prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and installed a surprise successor, Scott Morrison - who went on to take the party to a miraculous electoral victory.

On 21 August 2018, 35 Liberal MPs cast their vote against Malcolm Turnbull, effectively signalling the end of his leadership. Three days later, the deed was done and Scott Morrison was anointed prime minister.

Tony Abbott's relentless campaign of destabilisation, helped along by his acolytes in the parliament and his powerful media mates, the betrayals of colleagues and the rise of the religious right - climaxing in the challenge by Peter Dutton - all played a part in Turnbull's downfall.

But so did Turnbull's own poor political judgement. He was a good prime minister and a terrible politician. The good bits of Malcolm were not enough to make up for the bad Malcolm.

Nevertheless, the sheer brutality of his removal left many Liberals aghast. MPs were traumatised or humiliated by eight days of madness. Men and women cried from sheer anguish. They went through hell and feared that when it was over, they would not make it back, and nor would the Liberal Party.

As it turned out, redemption came swiftly with Morrison's unexpected, virtually single-handed election victory. Turnbull's road ended in ruins, as it was always bound to, and as he always knew it would, as he predicted to Niki Savva three years before it happened. But when his end was imminent, he could not bear to let go. And when it was over, he was defiant, fragile and vengeful.

This is the inside story of what happened - and what happened next.


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By:   Niki Savva
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   557g
ISBN:   9781925849189
ISBN 10:   192584918X
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   02 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Plots and Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull's Demise and Scott Morrison's Ascension

The result is a forensically researched and brutally revealing chronicle of the days and weeks before and after the August coup--one told with the precision of an investigative journalist but in the elegant narrative style that always makes Savva a great read. --Paul Williams, Australian Book Review How good is this book! So much intrigue. So many revelations. Such a brilliant read. --Laurie Oakes A forensic and gripping account of Turnbull's departure and Scott Morrison's arrival...Savva has written an account that moves at the velocity of an express train without brakes. --Stephen Loosely, Weekend Australian Explosive. --Daily Mail Australia Books about politicians are not for everyone. Nor are horror stories. This absorbing and very well-researched book is both. --Erich Mayer, ArtsHub Plots and Prayers provides a detailed and fascinating look at one of the craziest weeks in Australian politics. It's part documentary, part thriller. You'll not want to put it down, but also throw it across the room because of frustrations with the central characters...this book is a must read. --Tobi Lotus, Chronicle Praise for The Road to Ruin This is what you have to remember about Savva's controversial book, The Road to Ruin she was onto this story early and she ran with it in her weekly column...her account of the coup is both suspenseful and full of fascinating, granular detail. --Sydney Morning Herald Savva's inside knowledge and contacts within the Liberal Party (especially the party's moderate centre) means the planning leading up to the spill is a fascinating real-life political thriller...a cracking political read. --Adelaide Review Praise for So Greek Intelligent, well-written and incredibly knowledgeable. --West Australian


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