In 2007, Kevin Rudd swept to power with a 23-seat victory, bringing Labor in from eleven years in opposition.
So who was the man behind the successful Kevin 07 campaign, this Mandarin-speaking, family-focused, church-going, ‘here-to-help’, policy wonk from rural Queensland?
In the first of a two-volume autobiography, Kevin Rudd brings us to the point of his election as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia. Rudd chronicles a childhood shaped by the love of his mother and tragically disrupted by the death of his father, an event that left the family without a home or an income and which would foster Rudd’s passion for social justice. Written with conviction and wit, Rudd’s story chronicles the unlikely and spectacular rise of the boy from Nambour and prepares the ground for the coming of one of the most tumultuous periods in Australian political history.