'This is a personal account of life at the top that will charm the general reader and the political tragic alike' Weekend Australian
Anna Bligh knows something about hard knocks and high walls. She was raised by a single mother in the working class Gold Coast, a young girl with a soon-to-be-estranged dad who struggled with alcoholism. She spent over 17 years in the rough and tumble of the Queensland Parliament (seven of them as either Deputy Premier or Premier) and she was the first woman to be elected Premier of an Australian State in her own right. In 2011, she led Queensland through the devastation of Australia's largest natural disasters. Her Party then lost the 2012 State election and Anna stepped down to start a new life, only to find herself diagnosed with cancer.
Writing with her trademark honesty, warmth and humour about the challenges that public and private life have thrown her, Anna reflects candidly -- as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and political leader -- on the lessons of leadership, resilience, community and family. 'It is not my bruises and scratches that I want others to see,' she writes in this inspiring, unflinching and engaging memoir about breaking through walls and overcoming obstacles, 'I want them to see the hole in the wall.'
'Compelling reading ... Bligh is a consummate communicator' Sara Dowse, Inside Story
'This reflective autobiography is an inspiration to all women to overcome all obstacles in the way of success' Ballarat Courier
'Partly framed as an inspirational text for future leaders, especially the women who will come after her ... Bligh has written one of the more readable political memoirs of recent years' ABR
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Through the Wall: Reflections...Leadership, Love and Survival
Anna Bligh first came to my attention during horrific weather events in QLD. As a Melbourne resident, I didn't know much about Premier Bligh but I was in awe of her strength and tears of compassion, broadcast over many hours of news bulletins, as she lead her state through that nightmare in 2011. I bought her book in the hope of learning more about how a woman could achieve so much in the volatile yet worthwhile arena that is politics and public life. As a political junkie myself, I was looking forward to a good read. I got more than I hoped for! Ms Bligh took me through her life changing events with dignity, strength, honesty and intelligence. I laughed and cried. Thank you Anna, for sharing your courageous journey.