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Plots and Prayers


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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.

About the Author

Niki Savva is one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery. She was twice political correspondent on The Australian, and headed up the Canberra bureaus of both The Herald Sun and The Age. When family tragedy forced a career change, she became Peter Costello's press secretary for six years and was then on John Howard's staff for three. Her work has brought her into intimate contact with Australia's major political players for more than 35 years. She is a regular columnist for The Australian, and often appears on ABC TV's Insiders. In March 2017, the Melbourne Press Club bestowed Niki with a lifetime achievement award for 'outstanding coverage of Australian politics as a reporter, columnist and author'. Her previous book, The Road to Ruin, was a major bestseller, and won the 2016 General Nonfiction Book of the Year Award at the Australian Book Industry Awards.


"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 Oakes

"A forensic and gripping account of Turnbull's departure and Scott Morrison's arrival...Savva has written an account that moves at the velocity of an express train without brakes."
--Stephen Loosely, Weekend Australian

--Daily Mail Australia

"Books about politicians are not for everyone. Nor are horror stories. This absorbing and very well-researched book is both."
--Erich Mayer, ArtsHub

"Plots and Prayers provides a detailed and fascinating look at one of the craziest weeks in Australian politics. It's part documentary, part thriller. You'll not want to put it down, but also throw it across the room because of frustrations with the central characters...this book is a must read."
--Tobi Lotus, Chronicle Praise for The Road to Ruin:

"This is what you have to remember about Savva's controversial book, The Road to Ruin: she was onto this story early and she ran with it in her weekly column...her account of the coup is both suspenseful and full of fascinating, granular detail."
--Sydney Morning Herald

"Savva's inside knowledge and contacts within the Liberal Party (especially the party's moderate centre) means the planning leading up to the spill is a fascinating real-life political thriller...a cracking political read."
--Adelaide Review Praise for So Greek:

"Intelligent, well-written and incredibly knowledgeable."
--West Australian

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