In Campaign Ruby, Ruby managed to get:
2. the leader of the Opposition elected
Now that the balloons from the election night party have sagged, as well as the electorate’s enthusiasm for the new PM, Ruby is battling political and personal spot fires. She has a whole new To Do list scrunched up at the bottom of her Prada handbag.
1. Screw things up with Luke
2. Turn 30
3. Deal with hormonal pregnant lesbian aunt
4. And an imploding government
5. Avoid killing peppy intern
6. Attend party after waxing accident
7. Cosy up to Pretty Boy
7a. Complicate things with Luke
8. Save the government from itself
9. Figure out who the hell she is
10. And who she wants.
About The Author
Jessica Rudd, 26, is a Canberra born, Brisbane raised ex-lawyer, ex-campaign worker, ex-PR who lives with her husband in Beijing. She has written the occasional column, a host of legal letters, countless press releases and one novel. She hopes this one won't be her last.
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Comments about Ruby Blues:
It's hard for a sequel to live up to the first book, and this is so with Ruby Blues. However, I'd still read a third. The most interesting aspect of the book is the descriptions of how Parliament works and how hard the politicians' support teams work.
Praise for Campaign Ruby:
From the first page…you know you are in for a fabulous time. It’s a roller-coaster, high-heeled adventure…filled with intriguing media moments, wardrobe disasters, travelling hiccups and a selection of romantic encounters. Extremely enjoyable.
— Woman’s Day
Jessica Rudd’s debut novel is a light-hearted, skilfully written political romp…Her language is fresh and she is all the more impressive because of the momentum she sustains, a rarity among first-time novelists. Campaign Ruby is the Gen Y comedy of manners par excellence…If Kevin Rudd had been as funny as his daughter, our nation’s history might be different. She has all the “values”—family, loyalty, friendship—but doesn’t take herself too seriously; she has a charming gift for language…comedy writing is never easy, but a comedy of political manners-how cool is that?’
— Natasha Stott Despoja, Age
Rudd is very good at balancing the serious side of politic with the slapstick antics that are de rigueur in chick lit. There are comic moments that are genuinely snort-worthy…Rudd’s pacing throughout is excellent – there’s rarely a moment where the narrative energy flags – and she has a great ear for dialogue.
— Weekend Australian
Think Bridget Jones on the campaign trail with some surprising humour.
— Hobart Mercury
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 31st October 2011
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2