#AusReadingMonth2020 Penny Wong
- Author: Margaret Simons
- Title: Penny Wong
- Published: 2019
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- My first impression was in the book’s preface:
- Ms Wong was reluctant to cooperate with Ms Simons.
- She told Ms. Simons she was an introvert
- …and suffered from prejudice and therefore
- …developed a closely guarded internal life.
- Penny Wong’s main motivation for
- …entering politics was to combat racism.
- Racism formed her in more ways than she is aware.
- I wonder if Ms Simons will be able to “crack this hard nut”?
- Researching a biography involves a lot of borrowing and persuading
- anecdotes, interviews (…or not, partner Sophie, mother Jane).
- Political party history (Labor) and public records are the ingredients
- Ms Simons used to fill in the gaps.
- Getting hold of personal information
- …about Penny Wong was a herculean task.
- Yet Margaret Simons persevered to give the reader a
- book that is …
- .…lucidly-written, logically-structured, and convincingly argued.
- The Shark Poem (pg 11) that Ms Wong wrote as a 12 year old gives
- …the reader a glimpse of one of Australia’s most popular politician:
- Shark poem:
- …the way it adapts
- …moves cleanly through its environment
- …the way it inspires both fear and respect.
- …that is Penny Wong.
- Despite these accolades….it was a very difficult book
- to read b/c of my lack of knowledge about
- the nuts and bolts of Australian politics.
- Ms. Simons did an honorable job with the little
- input she had from Penny Wong.
- Backstory – 5%
Education – 5%
University student politics – 5%
Personal relationships – 1 %
Australian Politics – 85%