Albanese

Albanese

Telling It Straight

By  Karen Middleton

The moving personal story behind the very public political face of Labor’s Anthony Albanese.

The moving personal story behind the very public political face of Labor’s Anthony Albanese.

A window on the recent turbulent years of federal politics with a deeply personal dimension, this is the whole story of Anthony Albanese and the remarkable mother, Maryanne, who raised him.

Anthony learned his political craft among the tough men and women of NSW Labor, inheriting his mother’s devotion to social justice, the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the party his family had served for three generations.

Maryanne adored her only child and Anthony his only parent.

Until his teens, he believed she had been widowed before his birth. Then one evening, she sat him down and told him the truth.

This story reveals what shaped the bloke they call ‘Albo’, his climb through politics by playing hard, fast and sometimes loose and how as he and his colleagues wrestled with Labor’s future, he discovered his own past.

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9781925324716

August 29, 2016

Vintage Australia

RRP $34.99

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9781925324730

August 29, 2016

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9781925324723

July 3, 2017

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Extract

Anthony Albanese never knew his father growing up. For his success in politics and in life, he credits his mother, Maryanne, most.

Bad health since childhood had made life a battle for Maryanne Therese Albanese – born Mary Anne Therese Ellery – and her schooling had suffered. She was determined her son would have the best sort of life she could make for him, starting with a good education.

She also encouraged his interest in politics. Her devotion to the Labor Party, and her parents’ before her, meant he had little hope of escaping it.

From before she had even given birth, Maryanne had set her own direction by putting her son first in everything.

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