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Kevin Rudd is one of the most polarising figures in Australian politics: seen by some as media-obsessed, an unrelentingly ambitious operator and a remorseless parliamentary performer, and by others as a family-focused, church-going policy wonk from rural Queensland with a ‘here-to-help’ attitude.

Now, for the first time, Rudd tells his own story.

In Not for the Faint-hearted, Rudd chronicles his childhood tragically disrupted by the death of his father and his various successes and misadventures as a career diplomat, and tells of his time in Canberra, taking on the absurdities of the Labor factions the arrogance of John Howard and the mania of Mark Latham.

Jennifer Hewett talks to Rudd about the unlikely and spectacular rise of the boy from Nambour and one of the most tumultuous periods in Australian political history.

Kevin Rudd (Australian )

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Kevin Rudd is an Australian former Labor politician. A former diplomat, Queensland Government official, Foreign Affairs Minister, Leader of the Labor Party and twice Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin seemed destined to lead Australia for many years. Despite securing a 2007 landslide victory with a 23-seat swing in his party's favour, a coup saw him ousted from the prime ministership until he reclaimed it for the 2013 election, losing to Tony Abbott. Kevin now lives in New York with his wife Thérèse.

Jennifer Hewett (Australian )

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Jennifer Hewett is the National Affairs Columnist for The Australian Financial Review, Australia’s national financial and political paper. She writes a daily column for page two of the paper focused on business and political issues. Jennifer has been a journalist for more than three decades, working in Canberra, Sydney and the US for major Australian papers owned by News and Fairfax. She also appears regularly on tv and radio. Originally from Western Australia, she now lives in Sydney with her family.