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Sep 2, 2014

Kim Williams goes to the dogs (tastefully, of course)

This morning Kim Williams launched his new book, Rules of Engagement, which focuses more on family, wine, sport and good living, rather than his tumble from the News Corp roost.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Anyone looking for a “Get News Corp” book from former CEO Kim Williams will be quite disappointed. In the preface to his new book, Rules of Engagement, he says that although he took extensive notes during his time at News, including the nature of his sacking late last year, he would not be writing about it at this time. He may, of course, be saving it up for the future, or there may be a confidentiality clause. At this morning’s book launch, he said that this account could be released in 10 years, when he is “free of the things that permeate public life” — a “surfeit of emotion and deficit of facts”.

The other no-go area in the book is the Whitlams — Kim is married to Catherine Dovey, daughter of Gough and Margaret, and he says that they deserve their privacy. Many of the family turned up to the book launch, including Catherine, Justice Tony Whitlam and former NRMA boss Nick Whitlam. Other notable attendees were former communications minister Helen Coonan, Don Anderson and Angela Bowne SC, Catherine Brenner, Maxine McKew (whose book on education, Class Act, was launched yesterday) Sam Mostyn, Tony Shepherd, Paul and Sandra Saltieri, Geoffrey Atherden and Paul Zahra.

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2 thoughts on “Kim Williams goes to the dogs (tastefully, of course)

  1. paddy

    Wow Margot, sounds like a real page turner.
    I might just wait for part two, when the confidentiality clause expires.

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