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Publisher Description

A cracking account of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull and propelled Scott Morrison to power.

They plotted. They schemed. They unleashed chaos.

Australia lost two prime ministers in three years in a period of political bloodshed that took the nation's government to the brink of collapse - until an extraordinary election changed everything.

Venom is the secret history of the brutal power play to lead the government. It sheds new light on the fall of Tony Abbott, the rise of Malcolm Turnbull and the electrifying leadership spill that brought parliament to a halt in August 2018. In a day-by-day account, it reveals the strategy Scott Morrison used to defeat his opponents and claim ultimate authority.

David Crowe reported these events for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age as they unfolded. Using more than one hundred interviews with the participants, he tells an epic story of revenge, hatred and the ruthless pursuit of power. And he asks whether the future holds any peace when the past is so full of poison.


'David Crowe is both wise guide and sage interpreter in this gripping journey through the angry years of Australian politics' Chris Uhlmann

'David Crowe writes with precision and clarity - dissecting the characters, deep rivalries and ideological wars that churned through three Liberal Prime Ministers' Patricia Karvelas

'A compelling read about a time of Liberal madness' Michelle Grattan

'Crowe's book is as good a piece of modern political history as you'll find. It has some failings' Dennis Atkins, The Australian

'... a 21st-century contribution to the [revenge tragedy] genre' Jeff Sparrow, Sydney Morning Herald / The Age

Politics & Current Affairs
1 September
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Bellacatoz ,

Could not put it down

One of the best books on Australian politics. The overwhelming portrait of our elected leaders is that the electorate does not matter only their hold on power. I continue to be very disillusioned by our leaders and angered by the medias influence in shaping policy. When will politicians do what is best for our country.

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