My Story by Julia Gillard

My Story

By Julia Gillard

  • Release Date: 2014-09-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 3.5
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'I was prime minister for three years and three days.Three years and three days of resilience.Three years and three days of changing the nation.Three years and three days for you to judge.'

On Wednesday 23 June 2010, with the government in turmoil, Julia Gillard asked Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for a leadership ballot.

The next day, Julia Gillard became Australia's 27th prime minister, and our first female leader. Australia was alive to the historic possibilities. Here was a new approach for a new time.

It was to last three extraordinary years.

This is Julia Gillard's chronicle of that turbulent time, a strikingly candid self-portrait of a political leader seeking to realise her ideals. It is her story of what it was like - in the face of government in-fighting and often hostile media - to manage a hung parliament, build a diverse and robust economy, create an equitable and world-class education system, ensure a dignified future for Australians with disabilities, all while attending to our international obligations and building strategic alliances for our future. This is a politician driven by a sense of purpose - from campus days with the Australian Union of Students, to a career in the law, to her often gritty, occasionally glittering rise up the ranks of the Australian Labor Party.

Refreshingly honest, peppered with a wry humour and personal insights, Julia Gillard does not shy away from her mistakes, admitting freely to errors, misjudgements, and policy failures as well as detailing her political successes. Here is an account of what was hidden behind the resilience and dignified courage Gillard showed as prime minister, her view of the vicious hate campaigns directed against her, and a reflection on what it means - and what it takes - to be a woman leader in contemporary politics.

Here, in her own words, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia's first female prime minister.


  • Julia Gillard - my story

    By Oomhouse
    An open, honest account of governing in the minority. Nice and easy to follow and read. Very well organised in structure, events and timeline.
  • Fantastic behind the scenes thinking

    By Ringgo go bali
    I was very disappointed to have bought the book while on Christmas Island and I couldn't download it properly for some god damn reason. Other books would download ok. Finally got to download and read it when I got to the mainland. Very interesting read. I was glad Gillard some what held back from being too bitter about Rudd. I found it interesting to see Gillards thought processes and her in depth explanations of policy decisions or political actions. I wish all political leaders had dedicated column space to directly explain in depth these issues more regularly. Her respect will only grow with more people reading this book.
  • This is dull

    By Simon_Hall
    Sadly Julia proved to be just another US government lacky, however I do applaude Australians for giving a female PM a go. Hopefully it won’t be the last time. As for this book, it’s certainly no page turner.
  • Garbage

    By maxrat90
    Complete rubbish. I couldn't finish this book.
  • Love JGillard

    By Geisha Read
    A refreshingly honest and beautiful PM, gutsy, resilient, gracious through the most relentless and shameful intimidation. Future female leaders will benefit by the hard yards she carved through.
  • Brb

    By School book
  • Can't wait to read this

    By roo1187
    Can't wait to read this autobiography!
  • Tells it like it is

    By B1nary N1nja
    About time she put the mysoginistic liberal party and their white religious nutter males in their place... Great read ... Greater PM
  • The Truth is Out There - Not Here

    By Dogtrumpet
    A shocking pack of half-truths and downright lies from the worst PM in Australia's history. A woman who cried wolf, mis-using gender equality as a weapon of spin doctoring to further her sordid career, and embarrassing female rights in the process. Save your money for some other form of fantasy novel.
  • Waste of paper

    By Dingoblue22
    Jillian Gillard and tag team Rudd spent all their time bickering and back biting each other at the Australian tax payers expense, she came to power with a budget surplice , left Australia with a $600 billion dollar debt, a boring read still playing the poor me anti male sexist role , no thanks!!