Blanche d’Alpuget knew Bob Hawke intimately – as politician and man. This definitive new volume of her acclaimed biography provides a complete and updated portrait of Hawke’s life – as larrikin, unionist, thinker and leader – including, for the first time, Blanche’s role in it. As Australia came to terms with the loss of a beloved Prime Minister, Blanche mourned her husband, and found solace chronicling his final chapter: his full life post-politics, and the joy and love they shared.
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Blanche d’Alpuget is an acclaimed novelist, biographer and essayist. She has won numerous literary awards, including the inaugural Australasian Prize for Commonwealth Literature.
Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre. She is a previous Editor in Chief at Private Media, Director of the 2013 Adelaide Festival of Ideas and editor of Crikey.