Politicians risk looking like complete fools when they reveal all for a book like Niki Savva's Plots and Prayers or for ABC documentaries like The Killing Season. Still, they persevere.
Departing Fairfax editor Eric Johnston faces a bit opportunity at The Oz's business desk. And other media tidbits of the day.
Here are some of the best and worst books by Australian politicians in recent times. You be the judge on which one to demand at Christmas time ...
A flood of pollies have books coming out, from Julia Gillard to John Howard and Bob Day. We look at what makes for a good read in this tricky genre.
Julia Gillard signs up to write her memoirs ... Did Kevin Rudd shut down the band? ... Crikey helps save you money ...
Every publisher in the country is releasing at least one political book this year, and although they vary in style, there’s really only one overarching theme: "What the F-ck is Wrong with the Labor Party?"
When they're not busy penning their own books, Aussie pollies are quite adept at reading them. The Oz has all their literary info, from Lindsay Tanner's love of the Russian greats to Joe Hockey's appreciation of Austen.