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  • Published: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857980496
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 45

The Big House on the Hill



Before The West Wing, there was Don Watson.

Before The West Wing, there was Don Watson.

In exquisite prose, and utilising the walk-and-talk style made popular by Aaron Sorkin, Don Watson details for us where the Prime Minister's Office sits and how it functions within Parliament House, the Big House on the Hill.

From Watson's seminal memoir of life in politics Recollections of a Bleeding Heart and featuring a bonus free chapter from his bestselling Death Sentence: The decay of public language.

  • Published: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857980496
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 45

About the author

Don Watson

Don Watson is the author of many books, including the bestselling Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, Death Sentence, Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words, Caledonia Australis, American Journeys and The Bush. In addition to books and essays, he writes films and gives occasional talks on writing and language.

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Praise for The Big House on the Hill

A superb distillation of the atmosphere - the reality and the theatre - of the Federal Parliament. Watson documents the bizarre intensity of life in a PM's office, the 'tunnel vision' required of advisers and the sometimes uneasy relationship between the leader's office and other MPs.

Dr Carmen Lawrence

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