This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Speechless: A Year in My Father's Business…

Speechless: A Year in My Father's Business

by James Button

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
273597,973 (3.86)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 3 of 3
A highly readable and often moving personal recollection of family life and Labor Party politics in recent Australian history. ( )
  Michele48 | Nov 26, 2014 |
James Button experienced a gentle midlife crisis. Instead of buying a red car and running away with his secretary he quit journalism and journeyed to Canberra, ostensibly to be Kevin Rudd's speechwriter. That did not work out and this book is the result. It rambles between topics such as the Australian Public Service, the Australian Labor Party and the author's father's long involvement with it. There is also a mixture of biography and autobiography. These topics are interesting but read more as a sequence of essays than as a coherent book. James Button changed career from journalism to public service (and later, grassroots ALP volunteer). Unfortunately, his public servant's circumspection overcame his journalist's need to reveal truth to the public. Even the biographical elements seem muted and restrained. As a consequence of this restraint, the book does not ultimately say much. ( )
  questbird | Apr 3, 2013 |
Since I was attracted by the insider's point of view of the Kevin Rudd leadership style, I inevitably found the rest of Button's book underwhelming. My fault rather than his perhaps. I liked the sections about his short and unsuccessful attempts to write speeches for a Prime Minister who preferred to sit up until 3am writing his own. His autobiographical reflections were engaging too, but I found his account of life as a public servant rather turgid. Others may not, I suppose. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Mar 31, 2013 |
Showing 3 of 3
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
At the age of ten I ran for election to the Swan Hill Excursion Committee of Hawthorne West Primary School in Melbourne.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Working for Rudd, James paints a colourful picture of the machinations of government and shows how far the party has moved from the idealism and pragmatism of his father's generation. He ends on a note of hope for the Party's revival.

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.86)
2.5 1
3 1
4 3
4.5 1
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 136,341,608 books! | Top bar: Always visible