Big Blue Sky

A memoir

Peter Garrett
AUD $49.99

The provocative, entertaining, impassioned and inspiring memoir of Midnight Oil frontman, environmental activist and politician - a truly remarkable Australian.

Peter Garrett's life has been fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, intelligence and creativity, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives.

From his idyllic childhood growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, to an early interest in equality and justice; from the height of 1960s culture shock at ANU to fronting iconic Australian band Midnight Oil; from his time as a galvanising activist for the environment to being the only unaligned Cabinet minister in two Labor governments, Garrett has an extraordinary story to tell.

He writes movingly about his lifelong mission to protect the environment and his connection with Aboriginal people, about his love for his family and his passion for our country: what it means to him and what it can become.

Provocative, entertaining, impassioned and inspiring, this memoir goes to the heart and soul of a remarkable Australian and raises questions crucial to us all.

Author bio:

Peter Garrett is a well-known activist, musician and former federal politician. A founding member of Midnight Oil, he was twice president of the Australian Conservation Foundation before entering parliament as the member for Kingsford Smith in 2004. He subsequently served as a minister in the Rudd/Gillard governments. Married with three children, he lives in Sydney.

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781760110413
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: October 2015
Page Extent: 456
Format: Book
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Memoirs


Reviews & interviews

John Birmingham says 'Big Blue Sky is not just a beautifully written autobiography, but also a social, cultural and political history of great depth and moment. ... it should endure within the national archive as a document of much greater significance than most political memoirs.'

Inside Story says 'He made mistakes; he compromised; sometimes he failed, sometimes he succeeded. And he is refreshingly honest about all this in the book.'

Listen to Peter Garrett interviewed by Andrew West on ABC Radio