Kerry O'Brien
Kerry O'Brien

Keating's biography discussion: Byron Bay Writer's Festival

BARRIE Cassidy will be in conversation with political journalist Kerry O'Brien at this year's Byron Bay Writer's Festival.

O'Brien will be talking about KEATING, his biography of Paul Keating, published by Allen & Unwin on Wednesday October 21, 2015.

This long awaited collaboration is the story of our 24th Prime Minister and a portrait unlike any other.

Paul Keating, visionary, reformer, true believer, rabble rouser, polymath and our most intriguing prime minister
bares his soul to the country's sharpest political interviewer, Kerry O'Brien.

O'Brien and Keating wrestle with history to produce a tour de force of political wisdom and personal insight that
weaves through the Keating years in a unique and compelling way.

Building on the transcripts of the must‐watch television event of 2013 - ABC TV's Keating: The Interviews ‐
O'Brien has gathered an enormous bank of new material, gleaned during many hours of further conversation with
Keating, to create a book that is more forensic and all‐encompassing than the very successful TV series.

Kerry O'Brien captures the hallmarks of the man ‐ the nimble mind, the wit, the sweep of vision, the ruthlessness
and the stubborn drive for power ‐ as Keating explains the historic events, back room stoushes and moments of
drama and pathos that the political world inevitably holds.

About Kerry O'Brien
Kerry O'Brien has been reporting and commenting on Australian politics for 50 years.
He started as a news cadet in 1966 and was a press secretary to Gough Whitlam after he left government.
During his career O'Brien has won six Walkley Awards including the Gold Walkley.
He was the founding presenter of Lateline and then the long‐time presenter of 7.30 Report.
He currently hosts Four Corners on ABC Television.

Details of event
Kerry O'Brien in conversation with Barrie Cassidy The Byron Theatre, Wednesday, November 11, 6pm.
Tickets $15. Bookings: 1300 368 552 or

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