Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Battle for Bennelong, by Margot Saville

This is one of those fluffy, silly books that is pretty much the equivalent of a serving of fairy floss on a stick.

Margot Saville is a fellow journalist and friend to her subject, Maxine McKew. There's not really that much that you get in this book that is radically new. There's a few pithy observations from the wise cracking Saville, like her tart comments on Tanya Costello's outfits. Don't get me wrong, I love these gossipy books written from the inside. It's fascinating to see how these high profile campaigns are done. And if you're addicted to politics, you'll want to read this.

The reality is that this book is really just a series of what you'd nowadays call blog entries. It's the sort of book you could read in an afternoon. Margot Saville is a fun enough writer, but as I have already mentioned, it's a pretty fluffy book.

That's a bit of a shame as McKew is a very interesting subject. She did manage to win John Howard's seat afterall, a seat Howard had held for some 30 years. That's quite an achievement, and deserves a stronger book.

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