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January 06th 2011 print

Michael Connor

Bob Ellis writes right

In his new book Bob Ellis has a Quadrant moment.

Bob Ellis had a Quadrant moment in his latest book (p.20):

“Last week I went to the launch of David Marr’s Quadrant essay …”

Quadrant published a David Marr remainder? Don’t blame us, Bob. Try the publishing shop owned by a Melbourne property zillionaire.

The Ellis flavoured prose in the Penguin blurb is pretty funny too:

Just as Bob Ellis’s last book One Hundred Days of Summer, about Tony Abbott’s ascension to the Liberal leadership, was ready to hit the shelves, the nation was stunned to witness Labor suddenly call time on Kevin Rudd’s Prime Ministership and replace him with Julia Gillard. Such political turbulence couldn’t remain unexamined by this restless observer of our times.

Ellis watches in horror as his beloved Labor lurches from miscalculated announcement to egregious strategic error in the ensuing federal election campaign, threatening to lose government after one calamitous term to the hard-right charmer Abbott. When the rural independents swung their support behind Gillard, Ellis was there, chatting to them between the closed-door meetings that decided the government. 

Suddenly, Last Winter is another diary of an extraordinary period in Australian political history, as ever combining Ellis’s insider understanding with caustic wit.

See also: In Quadrant Online Tony Abbott threatens to read Suddenly, Last Winter here…