“We were a motley mob, we sans-culottes of Canberra …”
In this vastly entertaining book, Mungo MacCallum captures the spirit of a nation-changing time. He portrays the Whitlam government’s key figures – from Gough and Margaret to Lionel Murphy, Bill Hayden and Jim Cairns – as well as “the other mob” in opposition – Billy McMahon, John Gorton, Malcolm Fraser and many more.
The Whitlam Mob addresses some crucial questions: What was the night of the long prawns? Who was the playboy of the parliament? And who was “the toe-cutter”?
This is Mungo at his best: vivid and barbed, nostalgic but always clear-eyed.
Mungo MacCallum’s books include The Good, the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia’s Prime Ministers, The Mad Marathon and The Man Who Laughs. For more than four decades, he has been one of Australia’s most influential and entertaining political journalists.