Australians came to the ABC's The Killing Season in droves, their fascination with the Rudd-Gillard struggle as unfinished as the saga itself.
Rudd and Gillard dominate the drama as they strain to claim the narrative of Labor's years in power. The journey to screen for each of their interviews is telling in itself. Kevin Rudd gives his painful account of the period and recalls in vivid detail the events of losing the prime ministership. Julia Gillard is frank and unsparing of her colleagues.
More than a hundred people were interviewed for The Killing Season - ministers, backbenchers, staffers, party officials, pollsters and public servants - recording their vivid accounts of the public and private events that made the Rudd and Gillard governments and then brought them undone.
It is a damning portrait of a party at war with itself: the personal rivalries and the bitter defeats that have come to define the Rudd-Gillard era.
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This book is even better than the TV show
The TV show (3 parts) is an excellent production but this book really takes you behind the scenes of producing this show. One thing you need to remember is that Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard are people. They make mistakes, they have agendas and see things differently. Sarah Ferguson is an excellent journalist but a little flat narrating this production. Still, this is worth listening to. A good political thriller.