Author(s): Steve Braunias
The funniest book about New Zealand politics ever!
Dirty, shocking, weird, sick, toxic, unbelievable, profound, stupid, harrowing, insane in the brain - New Zealand's 2014 election campaign had it all. It got stranger with every day, and Steve Braunias made it his mission to record the entire black farce in a series of breathless and bizarre campaign diaries. He visited Kim Dotcom's creepy mansion. He stole a dinghy to track down the lost tribe of the Act Party. He fell on hard times, and asked Whale Oil for a job. He invited Nicky Hager to Hamilton, and left him there. And he hung out with John Key on the back seat of the Prime Minister's campaign bus as hard drugs were passed around ...
This little book was a delight, and those of you who were keen readers of Steve's column in the Saturday edition of the Nelson Mail won't be disappointed. It's written as a campaign diary and starts 15 days prior to Election Day, and he covers it all: Nicky Hagar, Kim Dotcom, the Act Party's Jamie Whyte, David Cunliffe, the PM, and Colin Craig who threatened to sue everybody. - Peter
“A modern classic of political satire…I laughed until I passed out” – Jumbo Trudgeon, parliamentary press gallery
Steve Braunias has won over 30 national writing awards, including fellowships to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, magazine writer of the year (2014), humourist of the year (2014), and best book of non-fiction at the NZ Post Book Awards (2013). He joined the New Zealand Herald as a senior writer in late 2014. Madmen is his sixth book.