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Young Hawke

The making of a larrikin - a biography of one of the most influential and recognisable Australians from the award-winning historian and author of CURTIN and CHIFLEY

Author: David A. Day  

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From Rhodes Scholar to union leader to political powerhouse: how Bobbie became Bob, Australia's iconic larrikin PM. The new biography from award-winning historian David Day sheds new light on the early years of a political legend.


David Day's biography of the young Bob Hawke takes readers on a journey through the first fifty years of one of Australia's most charismatic leaders. From his humble beginnings in South Australia to his time as a Sunday School teacher, from his rise as the country's most powerful union leader to his eventual decision to enter politics, Day provides a fresh perspective on the formative years of a man who would become our most popular prime minister. Drawing on a decade of extensive research and interviews with those who knew Hawke best, this ground-breaking biography by a multi-award-winning writer throws new light on Hawke's difficult childhood, his alcoholism and obsessive womanising, and his links with some of Australia's shadowy characters. This gripping biography is a must-read for anyone interested in the life and times of Australia's most iconic leader.

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About the Author

DAVID A. DAY has written more than twenty books to great acclaim, both here and overseas. Apart from six political biographies, including prize-winning biographies of John Curtin and Ben Chifley, he has written several books about the Second World War and others on Antarctica. His landmark history of Australia, Claiming a Continent, won the South Australian Festival Prize for Non-Fiction, while his book, Conquest: How societies overwhelm others, has been translated into several languages. A graduate of Melbourne and Cambridge universities, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, he has been a research fellow at Clare College in Cambridge, a visiting fellow at Churchill College in Cambridge, a professor of history at University College Dublin, a visiting professor for two years at the University of Tokyo, and a visiting fellow at Aberdeen University in Scotland. He has served as the official historian of the Australian Customs Service and the Bureau of Meteorology and been an Australian Research Council senior research fellow at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where he is currently based.

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Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Published
31st July 2024
Pages
416
ISBN
9781460765692

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