Blanche d’Alpuget is the author of seven books including novels, political biographies and essays. She has won of a number of literary prizes including the PEN Golden Jublilee Award, The Age Novel of the Year Award, the South Australian Premier’s Award and the Australasian Prize for Commonwealth Literature. Blanche D’Alpuget has served on the boards of the ACT Arts Advisory Council, the Copyright Agency Ltd, the Australian Film Commission and been Chair of the Australian Society of Authors. In her second biography of former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke, Hawke the Prime Minister, Blanche D’Alpuget offers an insider’s account of the Hawke leadership. Addressing The Sydney Institute on Tuesday 7 September 2010, Blanche D’Alpuget reflected on the attributes of heroes as successful leaders.

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