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Don Watson

Titles:

The Bush (non-fiction, Penguin 2014)

Bendable Learnings (non-fiction, Random House 2010)

American Journeys (non-fiction, Random House 2008)

Weasel Words (non-fiction, Random House 2004)

Death Sentence (non-fiction, Random House 2003)

Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating PM  (non-fiction, Random House 2001)

Caledonia Australia

 

Don Watson is one of Australia’s most distinguished writers and public speakers. After completing a Ph.D at Monash University he was an academic historian for ten years.  He wrote three books on Australian history and then spent several years writing political satire for the actor Max Gillies and political speeches for the then Victorian Premier John Cain.

In 1992 Don became Prime Minister Paul Keating’s speech-writer and adviser and Don’s bestselling account of those years, RECOLLECTIONS OF A BLEEDING HEART: PAUL KEATING PRIME MINISTER, won several awards including the Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year and the National Biography Award.  The book was reissued in 2011.

 

DEATH SENTENCE, Don’s best-selling book about the decay of public language won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year 2003. WATSON’S DICTIONARY OF WEASEL WORDS, another best-seller, was published in 2004. His 2008 book AMERICAN JOURNEYS won the Age Non-Fiction and Book of the Year Awards in 2008. It also won the inaugural Indie Award for Non-Fiction and the Walkley Award for Non-Fiction. He also wrote BENDABLE LEARNINGS (2009), an assortment of noxious management drivel and financial market blather.

In 2010 Don was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Australian Literature.

Don is also a screenwriter of several feature films, including The Man Who Sued God, starring Billy Connolly and Judy Davis.

 

Author website: www.weaselwords.com.au

 

 

Awards:

American Journeys: Age Non-Fiction,  Book of the Year Awards in 2008,  Indie Award for Non-Fiction,  Walkley Award for Non-Fiction.

Bleeding Heart: Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year and the National Biography Award