David Marr is the author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic, The High Price of Heaven and Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson). He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Saturday Paper, the Guardian and the Monthly, and been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He is the author of five bestselling Quarterly Essays.


The top job is within Bill Shorten’s grasp. But who is he? And does he have what it takes to beat Malcolm Turnbull and lead the country?
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David Marr is as brilliant a biographer and journalist as this country has produced.

Peter Craven, Australian Spectator 

‘Taken in sum, the fifty-nine Quarterly Essays published since 2001 offer perhaps the deepest analysis of the meandering political path we've traversed from the turn of the current century.’

CityMag Adelaide

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