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I came to represent all the ungainly people, the too-tall ones, the too-fat ones and the housebound as I had been, who'd never get the chance to go to China or Buckingham Palace and experienced it all through meo - Margaret Whitlam Margaret Whitlam has been in the public eye for over forty years. As the controversial wife of a prime minister she is a household name and an Australian identity in her own right. Many people already feel as if they kw her and they do, in a sense. However this biography reveals, for the first time, the private life behind the public events to which she was both a witness and a participant. Susan Mitchell first interviewed Margaret Whitlam for her book The Matriarchs, after which they became friends. Now, as a writer close to Margaret and her family, she reveals what lies behind the descriptions of 'icon' and 'national treasure'. She has been given access to Margaret's collection of private papers, press cuttings and diaries, and she shares insights from these as she documents Margaret's journey from a semi-detached in Bondi to the Lodge, from her husband's accession to Prime Minister to his dismissal, and all the full years beyond. We travel with Margaret as she grows from a schoolgirl to university student, social worker, wife, mother, political partner, First Lady and international tour leader. We observe the events and the relationships that shaped her, and the family that sustained her. We learn why she has become one of the most admired and beloved Australian women. This is an intimate biography of Margaret Whitlam - clear-eyed, unsentimental, witty and poignant. Susan Mitchell's wonderfully evoked personal portrait will move you to both tears and laughter.
Susan Mitchell is a best-selling writer, journalist, television presenter, radio broadcaster and public speaker. Some of her publications include Tall Poppies , The Matriarchs , Kerryn and Jackie: A Shared Life and Splitting the World Open . Susan also appears regularly on Good Morning Australia presenting the Susan Mitchell Bookclub .