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Plots and Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull’s demise and Scott Morrison’s ascension

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In an enthralling sequel to her bestselling The Road to Ruin, Niki Savva reveals the inside story of a bungled coup that overthrew the Liberal prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and installed a surprise successor, Scott Morrison, who went on to take the party to a miraculous electoral victory.

On 21 August 2018, 35 Liberal MPs cast their vote against Malcolm Turnbull, effect
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Scribe Publications
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The result is a forensically researched and brutally revealing chronicle of the days and weeks before and after the August coup — one told with the precision of an investigative journalist but in the elegant narrative style that always makes Savva a great read.
Paul Williams, Australian Book Review

How good is this book! So much intrigue. So many revelations. Such a brilliant read.
Laurie Oaks

A forensic and gripping account of Turnbull’s departure and Scott Morrison’s arrival ... Savva has written
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Carly
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As fascinating as The Road To Ruin but without the same flaws in storytelling and editing. A wonderful insight into all the players.
Scribe Publications
The result is a forensically researched and brutally revealing chronicle of the days and weeks before and after the August coup — one told with the precision of an investigative journalist but in the elegant narrative style that always makes Savva a great read.
Paul Williams, Australian Book Review

How good is this book! So much intrigue. So many revelations. Such a brilliant read.
Laurie Oaks

A forensic and gripping account of Turnbull’s departure and Scott Morrison’s arrival ... Savva has written
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Guy
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A typical Agatha Christie opens in a seeming idyll of loving family and friends. By the time Poirot summons everyone to the drawing room, you know they all hate each other and would gladly see the back of each other... silverware protruding.

Welcome to page 1. How these people ever stood together and smiled is extraordinary.

Shifting metaphors to Midsomer Murders, the carnage is of statistical proportions. Mattias Cormann came out of "the madness" with his image on the other side of a cheese gra
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Helen
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A forensic examination of the 2018 Liberal leadership coup which also raises questions about the extent to which Scott Morrison and his followers were involved in the overthrow of Malcolm Turnbull. The book suffers from the amount of detail and multiple retellings of the same incidents from a wide range of people. It has its points of interest but is not as compelling as Savva's previous book on Tony Abbotts' political demise. Savva's bias to Liberal politics also hampers a more objective interr ...more
Greg
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Niki Savva is a terrific writer and, in her field, one of the great chroniclers of our political times. Indeed, probably too good in many ways as, if there is to be a fault in this book, it’s that she’s covered it from too many angles. While Plots and Prayers provides a blow-by-blow description of the events from August 2018 (i.e. the overthrow the Turnbull) the recurring theme is that politics is a brutal game. I don’t think that’s lost on anyone, but the sheer bastardry is breathtaking! While ...more
Shane Murphy
This is inessential reading. While her previous book, The Road to Ruin, about Tony Abbott's downfall contained new information, this book is more a compilation of known events of the 2018 Liberal take-down of former Prime Minister Turnbull and the lead-up to the 2019 election.

The few things I did learn were utterly depressing if not surprising. Morrison, it seems, despite being Trump-lite, is relatively liberal in the Liberal ranks, leaving most of his party on his right. And this despite the fa
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Keegan
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can smell the beginnings of a high-end drama miniseries already. Savva recounts and documents the tense events leading up to the 2018 spill flawlessly. Occasionally, the author will swing one way or another (typically to imply that she doesn’t like the Labor party in this 397 page behemoth about the ruthless outdated scheming of the LNP) - but the text remains primarily factual, often citing interviews, recounts and compilations of both. The tell-all runs out of steam after Turnbull’s resignatio ...more
Tony Bertram
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well what a bunch of vipers! Especially proud of our own duplicitous Member of Parliament...since retired, as after his behaviour in this affair made any further political advancement impossible.
Hard to write as the amount of backstabbing and lying happening in Parliament House at any one time was incredible. Each viper puts his own spin on it. Yet even through the bloodfest there were still a few honorable people ... Some of these remain. I'll keep them in my prayers.
Julianne Quaine
Intriguing story behind Malcolm Turnbull’s loss of the Prime Ministership and how Scott Morrison became PM - all the backstabbing bullying threats and coercion between the various factions. A fascinating read. Could do with a timeline, list of characters and an index to improve the readers ability to follow the narrative and make their own interpretation of who lied and who didn’t as it presents a series of chapters from different politician’s perspectives and they are quite contradictory.
James
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Scribe Publications
The result is a forensically researched and brutally revealing chronicle of the days and weeks before and after the August coup — one told with the precision of an investigative journalist but in the elegant narrative style that always makes Savva a great read.
Paul Williams, Australian Book Review

How good is this book! So much intrigue. So many revelations. Such a brilliant read.
Laurie Oaks

A forensic and gripping account of Turnbull’s departure and Scott Morrison’s arrival ... Savva has written
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Benjamin Farr
A thoroughly riveting read that highlights the treachery, deceit, lies and born-to-rule mentality of Australia's conservative 'Liberal' Party.
Michael Millett
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ripping off the bandaid

Kudos for getting so many of the political players to talk about the corridor intrigue. And to do so publicly.
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