Monday, 4 January 2010

It's raining cats and dogs down under...

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, is set to make his publishing debut. Following several other world leaders' literary successes, Rudd has chosen to write his first book - a children's adventure book about his family pets. 'Jasper and Abby and the Great Australia Day Kerfuffle', will be published on Australia Day, January 26th, with proceeds going to a children's charity. Rudd said of the work; 'It has not been the most demanding text I have worked on, I've worked on the text with Rhys (children's TV presenter) and we've both interviewed the cat and the dog. They have been very co-operative in their responses but, for most of the time, have gone off the record.' His previous literary track is impressive. In 2008, Rudd established Australia's richest literary prize, 'The Prime Minister's Literary Awards', worth £56,000, an award he himself judges. It can only be hoped that his foray into writing measures up.

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