Annabel Crabb And David Marr In Conversation About Their New Books And The Election

Wine and cheese were also involved.

18/05/2016 3:11 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST
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Annabel Crabb and David Marr joined HuffPost Australia for a live Facebook Q&A.

Nothing was going to stop Annabel Crabb and David Marr speculating on the victor of the upcoming election.

The two Australian journalists dropped by HuffPost Australia headquarters to speak about their new books which delve into the lives of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten.

In a live Facebook Q&A, the two highly respected political commentators took questions from viewers covering everything from offshore processing to the conundrum of an author growing to dislike the subject of their own book. However, it appears the two are still clearly fascinated with their own.

Crabb's book, Stop At Nothing, explores the life and adventures of Malcolm Turnbull while Marr documents Bill Shorten's path to power in Faction Man.

"It's impossible to write a book about someone without coming to inhabit them in some weird way," Crabb -- who began comparing her friends' behaviours to the Prime Minister's -- said on Wednesday.

"It's like a weird love affair.. You start bending every experience you have towards whatever theory you are trying to construct desperately."

Take a look at Crabb and Marr's delightfully entertaining and insightful chat here:

When asked whether they can speculate about who will be elected as Prime Minister, the authors chimed "who is going to stop us".

And while Marr believes Shorten has a chance of winning -- which the author said would become one of Labor's greatest historical triumphs -- Crabb said it was "unlikely".

But the "million dollar question" was whether Turnbull would become more progressive if he is re-elected.

"The idea he will have a mandate to be more himself after the election, I'm very sceptical of, because he's not campaigning to be more himself," Marr said.

"I think he's going to be as trapped after the election as he is now."

Crabb said she had been assured by members of the moderate wing within the party Turnbull would be rewarded for success.

"When he wins an election in his own right.. he will have more authority, and he'll be more at ease within himself to be himself."


The books were released together as extensions of essays both political journalists penned for the Quarterly Essay on the Prime Minister and Opposition leader.

In 2009, Annabel Crabb's essay on Malcolm Turnbull was published while Turnbull was still Opposition leader of the Coalition. He was ousted from the position in December that year.

David Marr's musings on Bill Shorten were published in the Quarterly Essay in September last year as the election loomed near, and Shorten had spent two years holding the top job in the ALP.

Both books hit stands today. You can purchase Stop At Nothing here and Faction Man here.

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