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Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business - James Button

Speechless

A Year in My Father's Business

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Published: 12th April 2013
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An absorbing story of what happens behind Canberra's closed doors by leading speechwriter James Button.

James Button spent a year writing speeches for Kevin Rudd. Before that, he reported on politics as a highly regarded journalist for Fairfax. But James also has politics in the blood: his father was the diminutive but larger-than-life Senator John Button, who was a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments.

Growing up, James watched a roll-call of political luminaries debating the fate of the Labor Party. He saw great victories and defeats at close hand. He believes both his father and his family paid a heavy price for politics.

Speechless is James’ highly personal account of a year working in Canberra, seen from both the inside and the outside. It’s told through his experience of Kevin Rudd’s failure to tell his story, and how this helped destroy his prime ministership. It also reflects on how far the Labor Party has moved from the idealism and pragmatism of his father’s generation. He ends on a note of hope for the Party’s revival.

About the Author

James Button worked in 2009 as a speechwriter to the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. He was previously Europe Correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is a former deputy editor and opinion editor of The Age, and has won two Walkley Awards for feature writing. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, May, and children Harry and Lola.

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5.0

Speechless - Inspiring, insightful

By john the speechwriter

from Canberra

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Insightful
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Revealing
  • Well Written

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    I found this book a compelling read. Insightful and inspiring regarding the use of the English language, politics, the public service role in the running of Australia and in the service of Government. Chapters on the history of the Australian Labor Party and the union movement were informative and thoughtful. Chapters on the author's relationship with his father and about his father's life in politics were especially engrossing and moving.

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    5.0

    Great read for political groupies

    By Annie

    from Central Coast NSW

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    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Relevant
    • Well Written

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      ISBN: 9780522858587
      ISBN-10: 0522858589
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 256
      Published: 12th April 2013
      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.0  x 1.9
      Weight (kg): 0.36