Author(s): Paul Daley
Fast-paced Australian political fiction, Challenge unfolds over three days in an atmosphere of treachery and deceit, amid a looming federal leadership challenge. Opposition leader Daniel Slattery is a cross between Mark Latham and Holden Caulfield. He's a former sporting hero from the wrong side of the tracks, politically principled and courageous, but also personally unhinged and highly volatile. He is attempting to stand the political moral high ground while trying to fight for his jobandmdash;and a rearguard action against the phantoms of his dark past. Who is working to trash his reputation and derail his one tilt at the prime ministership? And is it actually realandmdash;or just demons inside his head? Blistering and blackly comic, Challenge puts us into the shoes of a man whose life is slipping away as he confronts the abyss of modern Australian politics.
Paul Daley is a Canberra author, columnist, playwright and multi-award-winning journalist. He has worked extensively overseas and has covered national affairs for major Australian publications including The Bulletin, The Age and The Sunday Age. He writes Postcolonial, a column about history and national identity, for The Guardian and is the author of the bestselling Beersheba, Armageddon: Two men on an Anzac trail, Collingwood: A Love Story and Canberra. His play The Hansard Monologues was staged to critical acclaim in 2013. He is married to political journalist Lenore Taylor and they have three children.