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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 former sporting hero from the wrong side of the tracks, politically principled and courageous, but also personally unhinged and highly volatile. He is determined to stand the political moral high ground while fighting for his job. 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 an author, columnist, and a journalist who has worked for the Age, the Bulletin, and the Sunday Age. He is the recipient of the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism and the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism, and the author of ArmaggedonBeersheeba: A Journey Through Australia’s Forgotten War, Canberra, and Collingwood: A Love Story.