Niki Savva and Kerry-Anne Walsh will be in conversation on Niki's new book, Plots and Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull's Demise and Scott Morrison's Ascension. In an enthralling sequel to her bestselling book on Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin, The Road to Ruin, Niki Savva reveals the inside story of a bungled coup that overthrew the Liberal prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and installed a surprise successor, Scott Morrison, who went on to take the party to a miraculous electoral victory.
Turnbull was a good prime minister and a terrible politician. The good bits of Malcolm were, however, not enough to make up for the bad Malcolm. Turnbull's road ended in ruins, as it was always bound to and as he always knew it would, as he predicted to Niki Savva less than three years before it happened. But when his end was imminent, he could not bear to let go. This is the inside story of what happened - and what happened next.
Niki Savva is one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery. She is a regular columnist for The Australian and often appears on ABC TV's Insiders. In March 2017, the Melbourne Press Club bestowed Niki with a lifetime achievement award for 'outstanding coverage of Australian politics as a reporter, columnist and author'. Her previous book, The Road to Ruin, was a major bestseller, and won the 2017 General Nonfiction Book of the Year Award at the Australian Book Industry Awards.
Kerry-Anne Walsh was in the Canberra press gallery for 25 years. She remains a political commentator on TV and radio, including on the Speers program on Sky News and regularly on Radio New Zealand. Her book The Stalking of Julia Gillard won the 2014 Australian Book Industry Award for the best non-fiction book of the year. Her second book, Hoodwinked. How Pauline Hanson Fooled A Nation, was published in 2018.
The vote of thanks will be given by Mark Kenny, Senior Fellow at the Australian Studies Institute ANU, an appointment following a high-profile journalistic career culminating in six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times. He is a regular on the ABC's Insiders program, Sky News Agenda, and radio programs across the country.
'How good is this book! So much intrigue. So many revelations. Such a brilliant read.' LAURIE OAKES
Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase.