Tue, 27 Aug | Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead

Venom - David Crowe in conversation with Jacqueline Maley

Venom: Vendettas, Betrayals and the Price of Power is David Crowe's cracking account of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull, and propelled Scott Morrison to power. David will be in-conversation with Jacqueline Maley from The Sydney Morning Herald.
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Venom - David Crowe in conversation with Jacqueline Maley

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27 Aug 2019, 6:30 pm
Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, 265 King Street, Newtown NSW, Australia

About The Event

Venom: Vendettas, Betrayals and the Price of Power is David Crowe's cracking account of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull, and propelled Scott Morrison to power. 

David will be in-conversation with Jacqueline Maley from The Sydney Morning Herald

About the Book

A cracking account of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull and propelled Scott Morrison to power. 

They plotted. They schemed. They unleashed chaos.

Australia lost two prime ministers in three years in a period of political bloodshed that took the nation’s government to the brink of collapse — until an extraordinary election changed everything.

Venom is the secret history of the brutal power play to lead the government. It sheds new light on the fall of Tony Abbott, the rise of Malcolm Turnbull and the electrifying leadership spill that brought parliament to a halt in August 2018. In a day-by-day

account, it reveals the strategy Scott Morrison used to defeat his opponents and claim ultimate authority.

David Crowe reported these events for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age as they unfolded. Using more than one hundred interviews with the participants, he tells an epic story of revenge, hatred and the ruthless pursuit of power. And he asks whether the future holds any peace when the past is so full of poison.

Praise 

‘David Crowe is both wise guide and sage interpreter in this gripping journey through the angry years of

Australian politics.’

— Chris Uhlmann

‘David Crowe writes with precision and clarity – dissecting the characters, deep rivalries and ideological

wars that churned through three Liberal Prime Ministers.’

— Patricia Karvelas

‘A compelling read about a time of Liberal madness.’

— Michelle Grattan

About the Author

David Crowe is Chief Political Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and a regular commentator on national affairs on the ABC’s Insiders program, the Nine Network, ABC’s Radio National and Sky News. In a career spanning 25 years, he has covered federal politics as the national affairs editor of The Australian and Chief Political Correspondent of The Australian Financial Review, as well as reporting on business as a correspondent in the United States.

About Jacqueline Maley

Jacqueline Maley is a columnist and senior writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers, where she writes about politics, people and social affairs. She has also worked on staff at The Guardian in London and The Australian Financial Review, as well as contributing to numerous other publications including Gourmet Traveller and Marie Claire. In 2016 she won the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist.  

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