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Harold Holt: Always One Step Further

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Ross Walker

Ross Walker was for many years a high-school teacher of English and English Literature, about which he has published several books and many articles. He has a doctorate in American literature, and specialised knowledge of Australian and American politics, …

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Praise for Harold Holt

‘Ross Walker has uncovered an intriguing blend. In public life an industrious, moderate and cautious consensus-builder with a keen sense of public duty, Harold Holt displayed a taste for reckless behaviour in private that would bring his downfall at wild Cheviot Beach. A beautifully told story of a fascinating Australian life and a tragic prime ministership – not only in its bizarre end, but in the entanglement of an amiable, easygoing man in poisonous political rivalry, and a brutal and contentious war in Vietnam.’ —Frank Bongiorno AM, professor of history, Australian National University

‘Walker has a rare ability to sift away all but the gold – this book is full of intriguing vignettes and brilliant details. Together, they tell the story not only of Holt, but of many varied men and women who came into his orbit, and of the times they lived through. At times, it has the quality of a fairytale, with all the wonder and brutality that entails. I had no particular interest in Holt, so did not expect to be fascinated, or moved – but I was.’ —Sean Kelly, author of The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison