I love politics, which is why I am eagerly reading a new book, Credlin & Co, by Aaron Patrick – sub-titled How the Abbott government destroyed itself. In the context of the present battles between the parties, it provides some fantastic background knowledge. For example, I wonder how many of you know that Peta Credlin was once chief of staff to Malcolm Turnbull, but was demoted because of the Grech affair, which cost Turnbull the leadership. According to the book, that was the first demotion Credlin had ever had and she did not take it well.

There are also some great chapters on the fighting that goes on inside the parties, and how events conspired to make the first Abbot Hockey budget such a disaster.

There are hundreds of books about politics available, but this is one of the most readable I have ever encountered. Highly recommended.