The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

Niki Savva

The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)
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The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

Niki Savva

There will be no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping.’ -Tony Abbott, 15 September 2015


Abbott’s performances in the party-room debates on education and climate change had ranged between woeful and pathetic. He sounded desperate, he was inconsistent, and - his colleagues thought - slightly ridiculous. They knew he would never stop going after cheap headlines during soft interviews where he sucked up the oxygen, with revision and division as his calling cards. All they could hope was that people would soon grow tired of listening to him. Normal people might have, but the media grew more and more hysterical, as if a challenge were imminent.

In the original edition of The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva revealed the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin. Based on her unrivalled access to their colleagues, and devastating first-person accounts of what went on behind the scenes, Savva painted an unforgettable picture of a unique duo who wielded power ruthlessly but not well.

That edition became a major bestseller, and went on to win an Australian book industry award for the best general non-fiction book of the year.

Now Savva continues where she left off.

This updated edition contains a new, 13,500-word final chapter, in which Savva reveals the inner state of the Turnbull government - and the behind-the-scenes jockeying of friends and foes alike. From the mayhem of an own goal scored by Christopher Pyne, to the ramifications of Tony Abbott’s ramped-up destabilisation campaign, it is, as usual, an unputdownable and impeccably sourced account.

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