“ I think it’s almost impossible to overstate the influence of those early years on Albo. ”
“ He's put his hand up and been a great club man, and he has served his country with the same selfless passion. ”
“ Anthony Albanese got lucky with Karen Middleton, who has crafted an account of his life that is both gripping and moving – words not usually associated with the genre of political biography. Central to his story is the gutsy Maryanne Albanese, who raised him as a single mother in working-class Camperdown. Growing up in this staunchly Labor environment, Albanese went on to become a political firebrand at university and later found a father substitute in Tom Uren. But it is his belated search for his real father that makes Albanese an unexpected page-turner. While his personal story overshadows his political rise, it successfully elicits the reader's sympathy and respect. ”
Fiona Capp, The Sydney Morning Herald
“ Karen Middleton is a great journalist and tells the story beautifully. ”
Lisa Wilkinson, TODAY show
“ A fascinating read ”
Michelle Grattan, The Conversation
“ Middleton’s detailed evocation of the whole social milieu in which he grew up is itself an important contribution to our understanding of the contemporary political divide. Its strengths are in the portrayal of intersecting political and social worlds, and here it invites a revitalised debate about how the terms of the relationship between those worlds have changed over the past two generations. ”
Jane Goodall, Inside Story
“ A fascinating mixture of two stories. ”
July 3, 2017
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August 29, 2016
Random House Australia
Anthony Albanese never knew his father growing up. For his success in politics and in life, he credits his mother, Maryanne, most.
Bad health since childhood had made life a battle for Maryanne Therese Albanese – born Mary Anne Therese Ellery – and her schooling had suffered. She was determined her son would have the best sort of life she could make for him, starting with a good education.
She also encouraged his interest in politics. Her devotion to the Labor Party, and her parents’ before her, meant he had little hope of escaping it.
From before she had even given birth, Maryanne had set her own direction by putting her son first in everything.Continue Reading