Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 gThe 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 veryood It is infused with clich and melodrama and it Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More 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 just like dogs better than journalists and politicians Friends character the protagonist is most likeHarry is cynical and opinionated but deep down aood bloke like Chandler 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 *the characters of Marmalade s protagonists are easily identifiable caricatures of current political figures The dumped Prime Minister now Foreign Minister is rendered speechless after collapsing from a stroke during one her of many Live And Unnecessary Media and unnecessary media finds comfort in tweeting and hosting from her hospital bed a live broadcast of a commercial tv breakfast presented by Australia s best mate Thommo It s not hard to identify also the small l Liberal Leader whose reputation is suffering after being duped by a Finance Department official in an elaborate hoax aimed at bringing down the Prime Minister A defence minister is sacked because of his relationship with a Chinese spy Other characters are less obvious and perhaps only recognisable to those who toil daily at Parliament House like the press secretary who texts bad Newspoll results to the Leader and then attempts a runner or the cross dressing intelligence analyst who helps our hero Veteran journalist Harry Dunkley eventually unravel the biggest political scandal history could knowMarmalade sets a pace as cracking as the 24 hour media cycle it lampoons serves up plenty of character assessments of politicians their parties media tart campaign outfits GetSet but also at times denotes a sadness in the political scene it does
not need to exaggerate to mock if you need to exaggerate to mock If you not a political junkie Marmalade s wickedly mischievous take on Capital Hill s antics is for you If you are a political junkie I hope you re not in it 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 Classic Rough News goes andets 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 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. 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.
Steve Lewis Ã 6 SummaryApped 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 is so close to the bone it s almost painful to read and hilarious at the same time As 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 ve been to It 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 ot right a change from my usual annoyance with books that speculate how business is done and leave me frustrated in a they would NEVER do that sense The writers manage to blend fact with fiction just perfectly to keep it enjoyable but you do have to suspend disbelief every now and again One of the biggest problems with the blanding out of Australian Federal politics and society is that Political Satire Seems To Have Disappeared seems to have disappeared 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 may actually be believed by someone out there As a political junkie 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 some of the opening cracks It really didn t hurt that it s obviously fact wrapped up in fiction with 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 ot a bit too real too feasible for comfort mind you What with a dumped Prime Minister Foreign Minister with a control fetish right down to refusing to die when everything physical had shut down A Defence Minister in bucket loads of trouble over his relationship with a Chinese Spy And a Liberal Leader well entangled in a Finance Department plot to down the Prime Minister There are other characters who are so magnificently real that you just know somewhere deep in the bowels of Canberra Society there are some press secretaries and intelligence analysts that aren t Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools going to be buying Uhlmann and Lewis a drink anytime soon then again maybe it s a badge of honour toet a Common People: The History of An English Family gig in a book like this It should be It s hilariousWhilst THE MARMALADE FILES is definitely on the satire side than a straight forward thriller it sets a cracking pace You have to wonder whether the authors haveotten themselves caught in the 24 hour media vortex and simply can t let o Regardless of how or why or what the book is this was a fantastic read although I think those who are less interested in politics as a spectator sport might not see the lorious wonder of some of the in jokes and references Now whenever anything no matter how normal or how odd occurs in Canberra s political halls all I m conquest and community:the afterlife of warrior saint ghazi miyan going to be wondering is how these two areoing to spin that into the next book So so political thriller set in Canberra Probably won t continue with this series. 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 ameAward 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 fac. First fancy dinner date at That another character
takes walks through Telopa Park all the time to clear her head People stay in the hotel inwalks through Telopa Park all the time to clear her head People stay in the hotel in that as 8 years old I did my first and only fashion parade mod Awful The agent that persuaded the publisher to take these Murdoch Thugs on is a enius and deserves every penny they earned The cover is pretty Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity good and it s well edited but that s it The blurb oversold it It s not the same These journos had a dig at everyone and everything Yet it was just 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 theood editing and cover it d be 1 star It s that bad There 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 nowhere for it to o except underground perhaps Really enjoyable Australian satirical political thriller by a couple of political journalists 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 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 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 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 the characters left me wondering if 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 imagination to create new uniue charactersConclusion An unconvincing long winded foray into fiction by two long term journalists 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 iggled all the way through it It is so irreverent I can t believe that it ever ot through the defamation lawyers way through it It is so irreverent I can t believe that it ever ot through the defamation lawyers story is a light political thriller set in Canberra in 2011 among a overnment which scarily resembles the current one I particularly loved the jabs at the Greens and at the lobby roup GetSet And of course the entire character of maniacal Foreign Minister Catriona Bailey who emerges from a coma conscious but tr. Her heart maintained by a single thought RevengeRabid Rottweilers prowl in the uise of Opposition senators union thugs wage class warfare TV anchors simper and fawn and loyalty and decency have long since iven way to compromise and treacheryFrom the teahouses of Beijing to the beaches of Bali from the marbled. ,