James Button's account of his time working as a speechwriter in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is set to further strain the public service's rigid insistence on complete confidentiality from its current and former employees.

Speechless -- A Year In My Father's Business is a combination autobiography, memoir of Button's father John, and account of James' time as departmental speechwriter for Kevin Rudd and then "writer in residence and communications adviser" within PM&C. It provides a detailed, though carefully limited, account of Button's brief role as prime ministerial wordsmith and his exploration of the arcane world of top-level policymaking in PM&C's Strategy and Delivery Division.