Troy Bramston will be in conversation with Jonathon Fulcher this December about his latest book, Paul Keating: the big picture leader. This is the definitive biography of Australia’s 24th prime minister, and the first that Keating has cooperated with in more than two decades.
Drawing on around 15 hours of new interviews with Keating, coupled with access to his extensive personal files, this book tells the story of a political warrior’s rise to power, from the outer suburbs of Sydney through Young Labor and into parliament at just 25 years of age, serving as a minister in the last days of the Whitlam government; his path-breaking term as treasurer in the 1980s; hisfour-year prime ministership from 1991 to 1996; and his passions and interests since.
Bramston has interviewed more than 100 people who know and worked with Keating, including his family, parliamentary colleagues, advisers, party officials, union leaders, public servants, and journalists. This includes interviews with Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Doug Anthony, Bill Hayden, Andrew Peacock, Ian Sinclair, John Hewson, Alexander Downer, Peter Costello, Kim Beazley, Simon Crean, Cheryl Kernot, and Bob Carr.
Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011, and was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph.
Troy is the author or editor of seven previous books, including Looking for the Light on the Hill (2011), Rudd, Gillard and Beyond (2014, and, with Paul Kelly, The Dismissal (2015). Troy has worked as a policy and political adviser, and speechwriter, in government, opposition, and the private sector.