Toby, former speechwriter to the prime minister, has reached a new low: locked behind bars with the worst of Australia’s criminals forcing him to write letters to their loved ones. Realising that his political career is far from the noble endeavour he’d once imagined it would be, Toby makes a bid for freedom … before the terrible realisation dawns: it’s impossible to get fired from the public service.
The fiction debut of erstwhile speechwriter and Saturday Paper journalist Martin McKenzie-Murray is a frantic, funny, and surreal journey through the corridors of power.
As Toby pens his memoir, while fielding the uninvited literary opinions of his murderous cellmate, Gary, he unspools a lively tale of twisted bureaucracy and public servants gone rogue.
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Martin McKenzie-Murray was The Saturday Paper’s chief correspondent, work for which made him both a Walkley and Quills finalist. His first book, A Murder Without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle, was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing.