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Publisher's Summary

At 87, beloved former PM Bob Hawke reflects on a colourful life.

On Wednesdays, Robert J. Hawke - Australia's 23rd and oldest living prime minister - has welcomed Derek Rielly into his home to share fine cigars and irreverent conversation. On a sun-soaked balcony, the maverick young writer and the charismatic old master talk life, death, love, sex, religion, politics, sport...and everything in between. 

On other days, to paint his subject's enigma from the outside, Rielly interviews Hawke's Liberal MP rival John Howard, Labor allies Gareth Evans and Kim Beazley, wife and lover Blanche d'Alpuget, live-in stepson Louis Pratt, and friends - diplomat Richard Woolcott, economist Ross Garnaut, advertising guru John Singleton and longtime mate Col Cunningham. 

The result is an extraordinary portrait of a beloved Australian - a strange, funny, uniquely personal study of Bob Hawke ruminating on his (and our) past, present and future.

©2018 Derek Rielly and Bob Hawke (P)2018 Pan Macmillan AU

Critic Reviews

"[A] surprisingly endearing book." (The Saturday Paper)

"Fresh, irreverent and at times very profound...It's like nothing else I've read on Australian politics." (Booktopia

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-18

Very enjoyable - excellent research

Had trepidation’s coming in, however these were quickly dispelled. Very well done Mr Reilly and I’d recommend this to anyone...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-18

A shared heritage reminder of our lucky country!

Loved it all! An available well-being resource for Australia wherein an edifying tail is told!

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  • Janet Hopkins
  • 09-15-18

Fabulously entertaining

Fascinating and interesting from start to finish. Sorry it had to end! The narrator does a wonderful job, I loved his voices!

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  • Ben Whitmore
  • 08-22-18

A must read

I knew within the first two minutes that this book was going to be an absolute ball-tearer. Narrater was the perfect choice, with the addition of varying accents and tone to illustrate the subject. I grew up reading Derek in surfing magazines, so was particularly drawn to this book for his take on Hawke and politics in general. Having not had decades under his belt as some kind of jaded political correspondent only served to better this story as the story was told on a much more personal level – a beer or two with a mate.