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The Marmalade Files por Steve Lewis
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The Marmalade Files (original 2012; edição 2012)

por Steve Lewis, Chris Uhlmann (Author.)

Séries: Harry Dunkley (1)

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An imaginative romp through the dark underbelly of politics by two veteran Canberra insiders. When seasoned newshound Harry Dunkley is slipped a compromising photograph one frosty Canberra dawn he knows he's onto something big. In pursuit of the scoop, Dunkley must negotiate the deadly corridors of power where the minority Toohey Government hangs by a thread - its stricken foreign minister on life support, her heart maintained by a single thought. Revenge. Rabid rottweilers prowl in the guise of Opposition senators, union thugs wage class warfare, TV anchors simper and fawn...and loyalty and decency have long since given way to compromise and treachery. From the teahouses of Beijing to the beaches of Bali, from the marbled halls of Washington to the basements of the bureaucracy, Dunkley's quest takes him ever closer to the truth - and ever deeper into a lethal political game.… (mais)
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Título:The Marmalade Files
Autores:Steve Lewis
Outros autores:Chris Uhlmann (Author.)
Informação:Sydney, New South Wales : HarperCollins Publishers, 2012.
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An enjoyable read, light enough for the plane yet interesting enough to keep the pages turning. Certainly for Australian readers, there will be plenty of moments when you wonder - "did this really happen?" ( )
  essjay1 | Jan 11, 2017 |
Couldn't get into this one - too political for me. Would be more interesting to people living in Canberra, who knew the references. A lot of product placement.
  JJamieson | Mar 3, 2015 |
Each of the shortish chapters in this novel is headed with a date, starting with June 16 2011, but the reader soon discovers these chapters are not sequential although there is a logic to them. Eventually this sent me to pen and paper to try to make sure I understood the time line.

We begin with Harry Dunkley, press gallery veteran in the National Parliament in Canberra being given a photo that is about 30 years old. He quickly identifies the Cabinet minister who is centre stage but who are the others? Later on the same day Catriona Bailey, once Labour Prime Minister, but now the Foreign Minister, has a very public stroke on national television.

So Labour's Toohey government, already an unpopular minority government hanging on by a thread, and predicted to lose the next election, begins a downward spiral. Can things get any worse?

THE MARMALADE FILES is political satire rather than strictly crime fiction, although crimes, including a murder, are committed. There's a quirky humour from beginning to end, and certainly connections to current Australian politics, even if events have been warped and names changed.

For me, a fascinating read from beginning to end, although the ending strained my sense of credibility.

I'm not sure that THE MARMALADE FILES will have much appeal outside Australia but in case you do want to look for it, try Amazon (Kindle) or the publisher. ( )
  smik | May 15, 2013 |
One of the biggest problems with the blanding out of Australian Federal politics and society is that Political Satire seems to have disappeared around the back, probably mugged by some idiot with a bias obsession. Well that is until THE MARMALADE FILES where I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to finally find something to laugh about coming out of Canberra. In an amused way, not that panicked titter that escapes when you realise that the idiot on the telly who just said what they said may actually be believed by someone out there...

As a political junkie I will admit to being somewhat predisposed to love THE MARMALADE FILES simply because of some of the opening cracks. It really didn't hurt that it's obviously fact wrapped up in fiction, with the names changed to protect the innocent (for the nanosecond it takes for you to replace the fictional name with the true life name). Well, it didn't hurt until there were aspects of the plot that got a bit too real, too feasible for comfort mind you. What with a dumped Prime Minister / Foreign Minister with a control fetish right down to refusing to die when everything physical had shut down.... A Defence Minister in bucket loads of trouble over his relationship with a Chinese Spy... And a Liberal Leader well entangled in a Finance Department plot to down the Prime Minister. There are other characters who are so magnificently real that you just know, somewhere deep in the bowels of Canberra Society, there are some press secretaries and intelligence analysts that aren't going to be buying Uhlmann and Lewis a drink anytime soon... then again, maybe it's a badge of honour to get a gig in a book like this. It should be. It's hilarious.

Whilst THE MARMALADE FILES is definitely more on the satire side than a straight-forward thriller, it sets a cracking pace. You have to wonder whether the authors have gotten themselves caught in the 24 hour media vortex and simply can't let go. Regardless of how or why, or what the book is, this was a fantastic read, although I think those who are less interested in politics as a spectator sport might not see the glorious wonder of some of the in-jokes and references. Now, whenever anything, no matter how normal or how odd, occurs in Canberra's political halls, all I'm going to be wondering is how these two are going to spin that into the next book.

http://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/marmalade-files-steve-lewis-chris-uhlmann ( )
  austcrimefiction | Apr 29, 2013 |
This book seems to be fact wrapped up as fiction. Something which only Australians will realise or understand. I don't think that it will be a big seller overseas.

An Australian political journalist and a political broadcaster have written this book together and as far as I can see, only the names and sexes of the main characters have been changed in a rather vicious exposé of the happenings in our Federal Parliament during the first (?) term of the Gillard (sorry - Martin Toohey) government.

The book seems to be primarily aimed at Kevin Rudd (Catriona Bailey) and Stephen Smith (Bruce Paxton). The Greens, lead by Randal Wade (probably meant to be Christine Milne as there is mention of an aged and retired leader of the Greens) got a real hammering as well. In fact, in the end the only people to come off with some dignity intact were Martin Toohey and the Leader of the Opposition, Elizabeth Scott (Tony Abbott?).

Once I accepted that the book was almost pure fiction (dear heaven, I hope so anyway) and I had sorted out who was who I enjoyed it immensely but will read it again a bit later on and try to pretend that it really is just fiction. ( )
  pinkozcat | Aug 14, 2012 |
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An imaginative romp through the dark underbelly of politics by two veteran Canberra insiders. When seasoned newshound Harry Dunkley is slipped a compromising photograph one frosty Canberra dawn he knows he's onto something big. In pursuit of the scoop, Dunkley must negotiate the deadly corridors of power where the minority Toohey Government hangs by a thread - its stricken foreign minister on life support, her heart maintained by a single thought. Revenge. Rabid rottweilers prowl in the guise of Opposition senators, union thugs wage class warfare, TV anchors simper and fawn...and loyalty and decency have long since given way to compromise and treachery. From the teahouses of Beijing to the beaches of Bali, from the marbled halls of Washington to the basements of the bureaucracy, Dunkley's quest takes him ever closer to the truth - and ever deeper into a lethal political game.

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