As Scott Morrison was crisscrossing Australia in his successful campaign to lead the country a few weeks ago, his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull, was in writer’s camp in New York, tapping away on his autobiography to be called A Bigger Picture and released in late October.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has often sited Turnbull’s dismal leadership of the Liberal Party as one of the main reasons he founded the Australian Conservatives.
The Australian reports, the weighty tome, will be at least 600 pages long and apparently, Turnbull, famously a former journalist, has been meticulously scribbling on the special subject of himself since last August, the month he was deposed as Prime Minister.
He has not employed a ghost writer, although he has had some fact-checking help behind the scenes.
The autobiography will be a sweeping affair, taking in everything from Turnbull’s time working for Kerry Packer and his involvement in the Costigan royal commission, to the Spycatcher trial, the millions he made with OzEmail, and his campaign for an Australian republic.
Finally, it will cover Turnbull’s move to politics, touching on everything from his time as federal opposition leader (and the Godwin Grech affair) to Tony Abbott’s time as prime minister and his own prime ministership and subsequent dumping.
Turnbull’s publisher says much of the book is already being edited, with only the post-election chapters to be completed.
Senator Bernardi told Paul Murray Live on Sky News he doesn’t expect to feature in the book, despite Turnbull’s disgraceful disloyalty to both Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison as Prime Ministers.