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The son of Australian politician John Button, James Button was the European correspondent for the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald and a former deputy editor and opinion editor of the Age. He has received Walkley Awards for feature writing. In 2009 Button worked as a speechwriter for the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

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y separately published work icon Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business Carlton : Melbourne University Publishing , 2012 Z1887796 2012 single work autobiography 'James Button spent a year writing speeches for Kevin Rudd. Before that, he reported on politics as a highly regarded journalist for Fairfax. But James also has politics in the blood: his father was the diminutive but larger-than-life Senator John Button, who was a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments. Growing up, James watched a roll-call of political luminaries debating the fate of the Labor Party. He saw great victories and defeats at close hand. He believes both his father and his family paid a heavy price for politics. Speechless is James' highly personal account of a year working in Canberra, seen from both the inside and the outside. It's told through his experience of Kevin Rudd's failure to tell his story, and how this helped destroy his prime ministership. It also reflects on how far the Labor Party has moved from the idealism and pragmatism of his father's generation. He ends on a note of hope for the Party's revival.' (Publisher's website)
2015 shortlisted Melbourne Prize Melbourne Prize for Literature
2013 longlisted Walkley Award
2013 shortlisted National Biography Award
2013 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
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