In an enthralling sequel to her bestselling The Road to Ruin, Canberra insider Niki Savva offers insight into how and why Liberal leader Scott Morrison won an “unwinnable” election after the bungled coup that overthrew Malcolm Turnbull. Plots and Prayers has been hailed by The Weekend Australian as “a forensic and gripping account [that] moves at the velocity of an express train without brakes”. ABC 7:30’s chief political correspondent Laura Tingle speaks with Niki about the Shakespearean saga of betrayal, conspiracy, miscalculation, hubris and conflicting loyalties.

Niki Savva (Australian)

Niki Savva

Niki Savva is a journalist, author and political commentator. She has written a memoir, So Greek, and two bestselling books on historic events in Australian politics. The Road to Ruin chronicles the removal of Tony Abbott as prime minister, and Plots and Prayers details the bungled coup that overthrew Malcolm Turnbull. Niki has written a weekly column on federal politics for The Australian for 10 years, and has appeared regularly on the ABC's Insiders for almost a decade.

Laura Tingle (Australian)

Laura Tingle

Laura Tingle is a journalist, essayist and author who has reported on Australian politics and policy for more than 35 years. In 2018, she joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as chief political correspondent for its flagship current affairs program 7.30, after 16 years with The Australian Financial Review where she was political editor, and previously, senior reporting positions with other major Australian mastheads. A multi-award winning journalist, she is the author of Chasing the Future - a book about the early 1990s. An assembly of her essays, In Search of Good Government, was published in 2017. She also regularly appears on Insiders on ABC TV and Late Night Live on ABC Radio. Her new Quarterly Essay is scheduled for release later this year.