Memoir of a prime minister: Julia Gillard to lift the lid on parliament

Portrait of Julia Gillard when she was Prime Minister of Australia. Photo: Nic Walker & Louie DouvisLife after parliament: Julia explains what’s next

Australia’s biggest publishing house, Penguin Random House, has stolen the march on its competitors and is to publish the much-anticipated memoirs of the nation’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard.

Gillard has promised to give a frank account of her six years as deputy Labor leader, deputy prime minister and prime minister in a book to be published in October 2014.

Still immaculately groomed in her prime ministerial style, Gillard said in a promotional video she had wanted to commit to the memoir while the events of her political career were “emotionally and intellectually fresh to me”.

The memoir will be “my words direct”, written by Gillard herself, and will weave together the personal and political but will not be an intimate autobiography reaching back to her childhood and school days.

Instead, she wanted to answer questions constantly put to her about her motivations and how she coped with political life. While she thought it might be a struggle at times writing her account of her days in parliament, she said she enjoyed writing and was a “good typist” because her mother insisted she learn as a teenager so she could always get a job.

Gillard had recently been rumoured to be in talks with Penguin. Wednesday’s announcement by Gabrielle Coyne, chief executive officer of the newly merged Penguin Random House, represents the first major signing to the mega publisher.

The book will be published under the Knopf imprint of Random House Australia and is scheduled for publication in October 2014.

Nikki Christer, Random House Australia’s publishing director, said she was delighted and honoured to be publishing the memoir.

“There is much in Julia Gillard’s life and parliamentary legacy to be admired and debated,” she said. “In any reckoning of her achievements, both before and after becoming prime minister, this book, written by her and told in her own words, will be essential. I most certainly expect it to be not only one of the most anticipated books of 2014 but also one that is read and studied for a very long time.”

Gillard, who approached Coyne, said she will be touring the book when it is released. Without naming her political nemesis Kevin Rudd, Gillard said she wanted to distil for readers her achievements and her mistakes – “what drove me, where I erred; my personal resilience and how I coped”.

“I want to share my perspective on the issues of our times and how I strove to make a difference for the better every day I had the privilege of serving as prime minister,” she said in an accompanying statement. “I will also write about changing our nation and future challenges in the years ahead.”

Gabrielle Coyne said: “Ms Gillard’s personal and professional journey so far is a unique one. Many of us have observed the conviction and resilience that drove her commitment to the Labor cause and public policy debate in Australia and abroad for nearly two decades. It is a genuine privilege to be given the opportunity to work with her to help bring her story to readers in Australia and around the world.”

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