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The Marmalade Files

The Marmalade Files 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 corridor

  • Title: The Marmalade Files
  • Author: SteveLewis Chris Uhlmann
  • ISBN: 9780730499657
  • Page: 471
  • Format: ebook
  • 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, her heart maintained by a single thought Revenge.Rabid RotWhen 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, her heart maintained by a single thought Revenge.Rabid 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 treachery.From the teahouses of Beijing to the beaches of Bali, from the marbled halls of Washington to the basements of the bureaucracy, Dunkley s quest takes him ever closer to the truth and ever deeper into a lethal political game.Award winning journalists Steve Lewis of News Ltd and Chris Uhlmann from the ABC combine forces in this arresting novel that proves fiction is stranger than fact.

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    1. Ryan on said:

      The Good:This 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 authenticity.The Bad:The prose isn’t very good. It is infused with cliché 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 [...]

    2. Jenny on said:

      The Marmalade Files is a political thriller set in Canberra and written by two well-known political journalists 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 quest 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 suffe [...]

    3. Latika Bourke on said:

      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 The Marmalade Files. Part thriller but mostly satire, Marmalade Files is a deliciously fun look at Australian politics and the characters of Canberra. Marmalade’s protagonists are easily identifiable caricatures of current political figures. The dumped-Prime-Minister-now [...]

    4. Rusalka on said:

      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 job at uni (and hated the people). That he has a secret meeti [...]

    5. Bec74 on said:

      The pros: Interesting (if somewhat depressing) insights into Canberra politics & politicians.The 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 publish as journalism. Or did they simply lack the im [...]

    6. Diana on said:

      So so political thriller set in Canberra. Probably won't continue with this series.

    7. Harinder on said:

      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 jabs at the Greens and at the lobby group GetSet! And of course the entir [...]

    8. Liza on said:

      Quite an enjoyable satirical thriller set in the political milieu of Canberra. A political journalist is given a photograph by a mysterious contact. The quest to uncover the meaning of the photograph and who is behind its leaking reveals a web of relationships that span the world and a group determined to defend the US/Australian alliance at all costs. Peopled by characters who are recognisably based on real politicians with situations which also resemble recent political events, the novel is wr [...]

    9. Annette Chidzey on said:

      I enjoyed this novel but not quite as much as The Mandarin Code. I suspect this was because I read this one after the Mandarin Code not having realised it existed and preceded it. Having established that understanding, the novel was still one that enabled clear connections to the Australian political scene and resonated with my strong interest in domestic politics and international relations. Where we sit as an alleged mediator and so called middle power between the USA and the Peoples Republic [...]

    10. Russell on said:

      Really enjoyable Australian satirical political thriller by a couple of political journalists. Fascinating look at the Aussie federal system, and frequently 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".

    11. Kristine on said:

      This is wonderful satire of politics dressed up as a political thriller. The characters are thinly disguised current (and immediately past) politicans and elements of the storyline parallel recent policial history, so much of the fun in reading this boook is in working out 'who is who' and recalling various political fiascos of recent history. The story moves at a fast pace and it is an easy read. While the satire was great, the actualy storyline was only ok. I think Lewis and Uhlmann's second b [...]

    12. Susan Wishart on said:

      A good read for those who like thrillers. This joint effort by political journalists Steve Lewis and Chris Ulmann is an entertaining romp through the tangled web of Australian politics. Surely this couldn't really happen - or could it?

    13. Gayle Tourish on said:

      The first in the Harry Dunkley trilogy and while not a bad read, not as good as the following two. Too much time spent on setting up the story line for the following books. I do recommend persevering though.

    14. Rosalie on said:

      A lively tongue-in-cheek romp through contemporary Australian media and politics. Especially fun if you know your way around Canberra and are a little bit cynical about our political party system.

    15. Michele on said:

      Really enjoyed it I was in Canberra at the time! But a bit deflated by ending

    16. Alex on said:

      A fun, irreverent take on Australian politics and a plot with a good dose of intrigue. A solid yarn.

    17. Jillwilson on said:

      The real Marmalade Files" are not an ASIS "dirt file", but “merely a collection of humorous, often risqué and sometimes downright bizarre communications kept by our early diplomats for no reason other than their amusement value.” (abc/news/2014-01-16) This article, ‘The Marmalade Files: DFAT's cabinet of curiosities’ is worth a read for some of the bizarre examples of what is kept in the files.Here’s an example: “An account by our man in Manila, KCO "Mick" Shann, about a luncheon co [...]

    18. Chris on said:

      My first thought on finishing this book was I wonder what Kevin Rudd would think of this book. Although clearly a work of fiction there are several blatant similarities to real world events, so it sometimes feels like this story is only slightly removed from reality.Catriona Bailey is clearly based on Kevin Rudd, a nerdy Labor PM beloved by the public, knifed by her own party who becomes Foreign Minister and wants nothing more than to return to the top spot or bring the entire party crashing dow [...]

    19. Karen on said:

      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 just said what they said m [...]

    20. Sunnie on said:

      Marmalade Files is a jolly crime romp through Canberra. The Labor Government is teetering on the brink of disaster with the slimmest of margins when their much loathed Foreign Minister collapses face down during a Lateline interview. She's been poisoned which creates even more nightmares for the PM. The Liberals aren't faring much better. What should be a slam dunk for the upcoming Federal election has turned into a close race with two very strong willed women locked in battle for the Liberal pa [...]

    21. Elina on said:

      I picked this up when I realised it was the inspiration for the TV miniseries The Secret City, and I enjoyed the premiere episode of that so much that I couldn't wait for more. As a political thriller, this really delivers. It is fast paced, and keeps the suspense building so you can't help but devour it as quickly as possible. The added level of fun is laughing along as Lewis & Uhlmann satirise everyone in Australian politics, spotting the real life inspiration behind this cast of extraordi [...]

    22. Kirsten on said:

      Definitely a fun read for those who have followed Australian politics over the last few years. So much fact mixed with fiction, it was a treat guessing who the characters were all based on. In my head we ended up with a meeting of the minds quasi romance between MT and JG! The authors, political journalists themselves had such scope to take the mickey out of, and often sympathise with some of the major players in politics at the time. It was also nice to see Canberra featured, but at the end of [...]

    23. Jen on said:

      Airport fiction filled with many very thinly veiled versions of current and recent Australian politicians and hangers-on (like the Rudd character, who just won't die). Often the narrative feels like it's just stringing together various pub adecdotes and insider gossip. Wildly critical of the Greens and GetUp ("GetSet! was an online activist organisation. It rarely identified an original issue or put effort into a need that wasn't already on the political radar. No, that demanded spending real ti [...]

    24. Mark on said:

      I enjoyed this book. Not too demanding, fun, engaging and very wry. It would especially appeal to anyone who's lived in Canberra for its copious references to local quirks and nuances. The book covers the story of Harry Dunkley, a journalist for The Australian, who exposes political manipulation and scandal, with significant parallels to reality. The style of writing and story reminded me a little of the Murray Whelan stories by Shane Maloney. I was pleased that the ending was left open for more [...]

    25. Daniel on said:

      A fun, easy read that is so much more enjoyable than my bookshelf of half-read books on real Australian politics maybe this one, with all its (barely, slightly) embellished ridiculous events is more real than the others after all. Going, within a fortnight, from three Orhan Pamuk's in a row to Richard Flanagan to Michael Chabon, to this well it's a refreshingly light read that i got through in 24 hours. Looking forward to reading the next one from these two.

    26. Malise on said:

      I enjoyed this book partly because I live in the city in which it was set and know the places, the coffee shops even some of the people and many of the types described in this book. It is an interesting twist on the political events of the last ten years in this country viewed from conservative and liberal points of view. I had several good laughs while reading it.

    27. Ruth Bonetti on said:

      Given the parlous state of Australian federal politics, this was light therapy to read a spoof from two insider journos. Or is it? I won't spoil the twist at the end but it is satisfying yet tantalising - do these guys know more than is allowed out into the public domain? An easy read, witty and at last a chance to laugh at our messy, bitchy political situation.

    28. Kathryn on said:

      I loved this one and hope that Lewis and Uhllman have a sequel on the way. I so want to find out what Kevin - I mean Baily is up to. If you follow Australian politics as a spectator sport then this book is for you. I enjoyed trying to match real-world characters with the players in this story. Lots of laughs, cheeky boys.

    29. Newtown Review of Books on said:

      In a political world that contains all the strange twists of, say, the James Ashby/Peter Slipper case, or the Malcolm Turnbull/Godwin Grech imbroglio, how could fiction possibly top reality? Isn’t politics weird enough without making it even more so?Read full review here: newtownreviewofbooks/2012/

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