Colour­ful ex-pre­mier makes book ap­pear­ance

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Former pre­mier Brian Burke was in Rock­ing­ham last Fri­day, with the con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure mak­ing a spe­cial ap­pear­ance at Rock­ing­ham Books.

Mr Burke, who served as La­bor Pre­mier of Western Aus­tralia from 1983 to 1988, signed copies of his new 600-page au­to­bi­og­ra­phy A Tu­mul­tuous Life out­side the store.

Speak­ing to the Tele­graph, the 70-year-old said he put pen to paper at the be­hest of his wife, who urged him to set out his life story in his own words so his grand­chil­dren could read about the things he had lived through.

“I never in­tended to write a book,” he said. “Had I in­tended to I would have writ­ten it 20 years ago.”

De­spite the litany of highs and lows through­out his life, Mr Burke said the book only took him three or four months to phys­i­cally write and that read­ers could ex­pect a “charm­ing” walk down mem­ory lane.

“It doesn’t seek to set the record straight or re­write his­tory — it just tells you my story,” he said.

Widely re­garded as one of the most po­lar­is­ing fig­ures in the his­tory of State pol­i­tics, Mr Burke spent seven months in pri­son in 1994 for rort­ing travel ex­penses while pre­mier.

He also spent five months of a three-year sen­tence in jail in 1997 for mul­ti­ple counts of steal­ing, but the con­vic­tion was later over­turned on ap­peal.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Former pre­mier Brian Burke made an ap­pear­ance at Rock­ing­ham Books last Fri­day.

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