Caught up in the political drama unfolding around us every day, it can be easy to forget that beneath the tough public personas of our politicians they are but mere mortals. Political memoirs and biographies offer insider perspectives of moments of enormous consequence to the nation. You enter the chambers of power, and stand witness to accounts of the decision making, manoeuvring and backstabbing that makes politics such a colourful and intriguing world. And, at their best, political stories get you under the skin of the people involved. Here are some political memoirs and biographies that balance the power-broking with the personal.
The definitive biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s pro-democracy leader
The memoirs of Tony Blair - a worldwide publishing sensation
An updated edition of the personal story behind the very public political face of Labor’s Anthony Albanese.
Sir Henry Parkes: Father of Federation, Premier of NSW, Statesman, Visionary, Political Leader, Poet, Humanist
'I was prime minister for three years and three days.Three years and three days of resilience.Three years and three days of changing the nation.Three years and three days for you to judge.'
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.