This is the book that goes behind the scenes of the series, candidly revealing the stories behind the interviews.
Australians came to the ABC's The Killing Season in their droves, their fascination with the Rudd–Gillard struggle as unfinished as the saga itself.
Rudd and Gillard dominate the drama as they strain to claim the narrative of Labor's years in power. The journey to screen for each of their interviews is telling in itself. Kevin Rudd gives his painful account of the period and recalled in vivid detail the events of losing the prime ministership. Julia Gillard is frank and unsparing of her colleagues.
More than a hundred people were interviewed for The Killing Season—ministers, backbenchers, staffers, party officials, pollsters and public servants—recording their vivid accounts of the public and private events that made the Rudd and Gillard governments and then brought them undone. It is a damning portrait of a party at war with itself: the personal rivalries and the bitter defeats that have come to define the Rudd–Gillard era.
About the Author
Sarah Ferguson is an ABC journalist. In the same year that she worked on The Killing Season, she also wrote and presented Hitting Home, the landmark series on domestic violence. She has presented the ABC's 7.30 and worked as a journalist on Four Corners, where she won three Walkleys including the Gold Walkley in 2011 for A Bloody Business. She has also won the Melbourne Press Club Gold Quill Award, four Logies for most outstanding public affairs report, as well as the George Munster Award for Independent Journalism and the Queensland Premier's Literary Award. Patricia Drum has been a researcher for the ABC's Four Corners and Media Watch, and a producer at 7.30. She is also a solicitor and has worked in federal politics as an adviser. Patricia returned to the ABC in 2013 to research the documentary series, The Killing Season.
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Comments about The Killing Season Uncut:
I like Sarah Ferguson. No nonsense interviewer who holds these politicians to account.
It was interesting whereas I thought Peter Van Onselen and Nikki Savvas books on Abbott were the better read, although I concede more recent.
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 18th April 2016
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.42