Friday, December 3, 2010

Campaign Ruby, by Jessica Rudd

Australia's Prime Minister is suddenly deposed by his fiesty female deputy. Sound familiar? And in the fast and furious election campaign that follows, the other side is pulling out all the stops to have its man installed in the top job. Again, sounds familiar? This tale could be fiction founded on fact, except
that Jessica Rudd, daughter of Kevin Rudd, wrote Campaign Ruby before her dad's Prime Ministerial status became 'former'.
The story goes like this: workaholic London investment banker Ruby Stanhope is laid off from her job and in an alcohol-induced haze books a non-returnable ticket to Australia, as you do. She meets the Leader of the Opposition at a party and is suddenly working on the hardest-fought election campaign in recent history.
Fashion and romantic disasters aside, Ruby's an engaging character and an intelligent girl - as Rudd herself must be, although hopefully minus Ruby's fashion and romantic disasters. Rudd gives her readers an insider's view of an election campaign in a pacey, enjoyable and witty tale.
Rating - I give this 4/5
Not bad!
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Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch