Shoutouts and places you would recognise Pretty much it makes you feel how people in Sydney and Melbourne must feel all the time but as we are often ignored although this book does make me wonder why there is so much potential for dodgy and mysterious things to happen here this is excitingAnd the ournalistic and investigative parts of this book are wonderful The digging and intrigue and the mystery itself I actually really liked It had potentialHOWEVER then we hit the politics And this is where the book lost me Not because I didn t understand it it s because I understood it TOO MUCH I GOT THE SHITS much I got the shits reading "A Character Thinking Oh That S Kevin Rudd But A "character thinking Oh that s Kevin Rudd but a That s Malcolm Turnbull but female That s Julia Gillard but male That s Tony Abbott but female That s Bill Shorten That s Sam Dastyari That s my friend I get that these guys write about politics all the time and have some incredible characters they deal with every day But don t write such blatant rip offs of real people Mix it up a bit Okay so one ends up in a coma that didn t happen But THAT S THE ONLY THING Seriously new material people As an aside as the only thing they did to make most of these people non identifiable was to change their gender apparently Australia has the highest representation of women in parliament in the world if this book it to believed Yeah bugger off The whole political thing was ust so predictable and unbelievableI actually stumbled upon this book on a weird website I can t find any about murder mysteries set in Australia by towns I had never heard of it before And then the seuel came out and there Was So Much Publicity so much publicity that I assume this is where it gets better And I think this must be were most of the story from Secret City comes from which makes sense now I looked the character list I have that on my shelf and will read it I hope it fills the place that this book opened up but never really filled Also people write stuff in Canberra We re a gold mine Since the election of Kevin Rudd it s often refrained about national politics that you couldn t make this shit up but it turns out you can as Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis demonstrate with their laugh out loud novel T The GoodThis is an intriguing story with some very interesting characters Bonus points from me because this is close to home Set mostly in Australia s capital about Australian public figures and public servants this political thriller had the tang of authenticityThe BadThe prose isn t very good It is infused with clich and melodrama and it got in the way of me being able to feel the feels for myself This might be a dumb place to make a comparison but I am currently also reading The Call of the Wild and it is incredibly well written despite being obviously dated My heart is breaking for that protagonist and I am well inside his head Or maybe I ust like dogs better than Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival journalists and politicians Friends character the protagonist is most likeHarry is cynical and opinionated but deep down a good bloke like Chandler. Halls of Washington to the basements of the bureaucracy Dunkley's uest takes him ever closer to the truth – and ever deeper into a lethal political gameAward winningournalists Steve Lewis of News Ltd and Chris Uhlmann from the ABC combine forces in this arresting novel that proves fiction is stranger than fac.
Read & Download ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú Steve LewisSo so political thriller set in Canberra Probably won t continue with this series One of the biggest problems with the blanding out of Australian Federal politics and society is that Political Satire seems to have disappeared around the back probably mugged by some idiot with a bias obsession Well that is until THE MARMALADE FILES where I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to finally find something to laugh about coming out of Canberra In an amused way not that panicked titter that escapes when you realise that the idiot on the telly who Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, just said what they said may actually be believed by someone out there As a politicalunkie I will admit to being somewhat predisposed to love THE MARMALADE FILES simply because of some of the opening cracks It really didn t hurt that it s obviously fact wrapped up in fiction with the names changed to protect the innocent for the nanosecond it takes for you to replace the fictional name with the true life name Well it didn t hurt until there were aspects of the plot that got a bit too real too feasible for comfo I loved this book If you live in Canberra and are an inside the beltway person like me and work the odd 80 hour week it s the perfect book I chuckled and giggled all the way through it It is so irreverent I can t believe that it ever got through the defamation lawyers The story is a light political thriller set in Canberra in 2011 among a government which scarily resembles the current one I particularly loved the abs at the Greens and at the lobby group GetSet And of course the entire character of maniacal Foreign Minister Catriona Bailey who emerges from a coma conscious but trapped in an immovable body and learns to tweet by BLINKING is so close to the bone it s almost painful to read and hilarious at the same time As someone living in Canberra it was also terrific to have the events in the book set in such familiar surroundings I can t think of any piece of FICTION I have read that does this so well I went to an event with the authors who said that Canberra was a character in the book in its own right And they re right Everything is set in cafes bars and restaurants that I
been to s a light and fun read by people who know the business As a former DFAT officer I was truly impressed with how much detail they got right a change from my usual annoyance with books that speculate how business is done got right a change from my usual annoyance with books that speculate how business is done leave me frustrated in a they would NEVER do that sense The writers manage to blend fact with fiction ust perfectly to keep it enjoyable but you do have to suspend disbelief every now and again The pros Interesting if somewhat depressing insights into Canberra politics politiciansThe cons Badly written Long swathes of Murdoch tabloid style rants against the left the Greens armchair activism inner city elites etc Very obvious thinly veiled use of real people as the basis for most of the characters left me wondering if this so called work of fiction was an attempt to expose accusations they did not have the proof to pu. When seasoned newshound Harry Dunkley is slipped a compromising photograph one frosty Canberra dawn he knows he's onto something big In pursuit of the scoop Dunkley must negotiate the deadly corridors of power where the minority Toohey Government hangs by a thread – its stricken Foreign Minister on life support. .ve been to
Blish as ournalism Or did they simply lack the imagination to create new uniue charactersConclusion An unconvincing long winded foray into fiction by two long term ournalists The Marmalade Files is a political thriller set in Canberra and written by two well known political ournalists Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann introduces the readers of The Marmalade Files to Harry Dunkley a political reporter in Canberra The readers of Marmalade Files will follow Harry Dunkley uest to find the story of the year which ended in a surprising twist Also the readers Marmalade Files would like or dislike the portrayal of one the characters who suffered a rare stroke called locked in syndrome However the readers will learn about locked in syndrome and the way that you take care and support suffers Marmalade Files also allows the readers to have insight into the political shenanigans and scandals of politics I recommend this book Really enjoyable Australian satirical political thriller by a couple of political ournalists Fascinating look at the Aussie federal system and freuently laugh out loud funny Illustrates that in politics the picture is the same even though the frame is different It is the source for the Aussie TV series Secret City Awful The agent that persuaded the publisher to take these Murdoch Thugs on is a genius and deserves every penny they earned The cover is pretty good and it s well edited but that s it The blurb oversold it It s not the same These Desire in Seven Voices journos had a dig at everyone and everything Yet it wasust lame zero wit Not funny at all It s basically a first draft of a rehash of the year 2007 to 2012 in Canberra but fictionalised Very unoriginal and lazy If it wasn t for the good editing and Cover It D Be 1 Star It S That Bad it d be 1 star It s that bad were so many mistakes in logic and fact that these two mugs ought to be ashamed of themselves No one knows this Steve Lewis punk but Chris Uhlmann is somehow on TV but his reputation has collapsed in my view Steve Lewis had no reputation to begin with so there is nowh I wanted to love this book And I did love some of it I loved that the first couple of pages had the phone number that popped up on my phone every time Dad called me from work as someone was calling the protagonist from his Department That the protagonist drove down the foggy dirt road along LBG that I pass every morning on the way to work That he goes and gets his hangover coffee from the cafe I used to deliver bread to at my old ob at uni and hated the people That he has a secret meeting in a dingy dated cafe in Manuka which I used to freuent at 18 as I loved the dingy dated atmosphere That the fancy dinner was at "the restuarant that Lexx and I had our
fancy dinner that Lexx and I had our first fancy dinner at That another character takes walks through Telopa Park all the time to clear her head People stay in the hotel in Deakin that as 8 years old I did my first and only fashion parade modelling inPretty much if you live in Canberra then you should read this book It s full of. Her heart maintained by a single thought RevengeRabid Rottweilers prowl in the guise of Opposition senators union thugs wage class warfare TV anchors simper and fawn and loyalty and decency have long since given way to compromise and treacheryFrom the teahouses of Beijing to the beaches of Bali from the marbled.first fancy dinner