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Final Draft - Monday 28 November - Australian Political Biography
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Publish-date-icon November 29, 2011
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A busy show this week - we’re talking politics. Our hung parliament has seen more twists and turns this year than a crime thriller, and so we’re turning our gaze to our leaders to see what makes them tick.

Tim Brunero spoke to Susan Mitchell, author of the new book ‘Tony Abbott: A Man’s Man'. She discusses the way he’s created his own John Wayne mythology as he approaches politics with guns a-blazing. How well do we really know the leader of the Coalition?(Produced by Tim Brunero. Tony Abbott: A Man's Man published by Scribe)

Jeanavive McGregor chats to Professor Jenny Hocking of Monash University about the way we political and historical figures can be brought to full-colour life through biography. For her, political biography enables a writer to personalise politics and history. She's written three biographies and dull writing isn’t a problem if you are focusing on controversial figures such as former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and writer and communist activist Frank Hardy. (Produced by Jeanavive McGregor. Whitlam: A Moment in History published by Melbourne University Press)

Catriona Menzies-Pike reviews the hotly-anticipated new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot (Produced by Catriona Menzies-Pike. The Marriage Plot published by Harper Collins Australia)

The Rereaders are back this week. Sam Twyford-Moore, Rebecca Giggs and Astrid L'Orange are discussing Marieke Hardy and Michaela Maguire's book based on their monthly literary events, Women of Letters. (Produced by Jess Minshall. Women of Letters published by Penguin Australia)

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