POSTED: 22 JUNE 2011
Could 30 minutes have changed Australian history?
When Roy Temple and his friends are accused of espionage during the Cold War era, a cloud of suspicion will linger over them for years, even threatening to bring down the Whitlam Government.
Old allegations cast long shadows and Roy’s fight to resolve Australia’s remarkable constitutional crisis is dogged by half-truths, misguided allegiances and insidious innuendo.
A compelling political drama, based on the sacking of Gough Whitlam in 1975, Dismissal is an insider's view of the democratic roundabout with all its flaws and dynamic energies.
Nicholas Hasluck was born in Canberra, the son of Sir Paul Hasluck, Australia’s Governor General from 1969 to 1974.
Nicholas worked in Fleet Street as an editorial assistant in the 1960s before returning to Australia to become a practising lawyer in Perth.
He served as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council and later as Chair of the Literature Board. He has been Chair of the Commonwealth Writers Prize since 2006.
Twice short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, his previous works of fiction include The Bellarmine Jug, winner of The Age Book of the Year Award, and The Country Without Music, joint winner with Tim Winton's Cloudstreet of the WA Premier's Book Prize.
*Based on media release issued by Harper Collins.
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Dismissal, by Nicholas Hasluck | 368pp paperback $29.99 (e-book $25.99) | Published by 4th Estate, 1 July 2011.