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The Accidental Prime Minister

Annika Smethurst

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Hachette Australia
15 September 2021

'Critics have repeatedly underestimated Morrison's political skill and overplayed the impact of his missteps. But Morrison seems to understand, more than most, what gets through to mainstream Australians and what they ignore.'

Nine months after the spill that catapulted Scott Morrison to the top job, he won the 2019 election, surprising politicians and pundits throughout the nation. Yet, little was really known about the former marketing man whose hard-nosed political instincts and 'daggy dad' persona took him all the way to Kirribilli House.

A devout Christian family man on one hand, ambitious and poll-obsessed on the other, the seemingly blunder-prone Morrison has surpassed expectations of his tenure and voter popularity more than once, making him one of Australia's most underestimated modern political figures.

In this first biography of the thirtieth prime minister of Australia, multi-award-winning political journalist Annika Smethurst examines the fundamental question about Morrison: is his success a case of being in the right place at the right time, or is he one of the most strategic and shrewd political operators to ever hold the office?

'A penetrating study of relentless ambition and making ordinary the new political norm - none of it edifying, all of it essential reading' LAURA TINGLE

 The accidental prime minister by Annika Smethurst

By:   Annika Smethurst
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   41g
ISBN:   9780733646942
ISBN 10:   0733646948
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   15 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Annika Smethurst is a Walkley award-winning journalist. She is the Daily Telegraph's and Sunday Herald Sun's political editor.

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