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Bob Hawke began life as a good Christian boy from a teetotal family. He became a wild, drinking, womanising student, a Rhodes Scholar, a champion of workers, a folk hero recognised throughout the country, and a dynamic politician who was elected four times as Australia’s Prime Minister. Bob’s widow and biographer, Blanche d’Alpuget is an acclaimed novelist, biographer and essayist. She has won numerous literary awards, including the inaugural Australasian Prize for Commonwealth Literature in 1987. Join Blanche in conversation with Robert Gott to discuss her definitive commemorative biography marking Bob Hawke’s extraordinary life and legacy. 

Tickets $60 pp ($50 concession) including lunch at the magnificent Wurdi Youang (top floor of the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre) and a glass of champagne upon arrival - book here


  • Geelong Library and Heritage Centre Saturday, 7 December 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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Leopold Library