Annette King - John Harvey and Brent Edwards

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During Annette King’s record number of years as a woman MP, she witnessed 17 leaders of Labour and National in action. While they sometimes waxed and usually eventually waned, Annette King grew in stature and importance as a political figure throughout.

King caught the tail end of the Rob Muldoon era; became swept up in the heady excitement and controversy of the David Lange years and  Rogernomics; was cast briefly forlorn into the wilderness for three years; returned to Parliament at a time of deep division in Labour; triumphed in 1999 as an integral figure and multi-talented minister in the Helen Clark Government; became the glue that helped hold Labour together during the long years John Key could apparently do no wrong; and in the last months of her career became a pivotal part of the amazing emergence of Jacinda Ardern as Labour leader and Prime Minister.

King is arguably the most important political figure of the past 35 years who has never led a political party. More than that, however, she has become a political legend. Annette King is tough, compassionate, often very funny, can rise to anger but is usually forgiving, incredibly hard-working, loyal and steadfast. She brings out the best in her colleagues and her staff, family and friends.

This is Annette King’s story, sometimes told in her own words, but often through the words of others who have shared her life and career.

New. Paperback.