Jim Cairns’s sureness of self enabled biographer Paul Ormonde to get unusually close to him, a relationship that tripped Cairns up when Ormonde discovered the true fate of Cairns’s father, shrouded for years in family secrecy.
A Foolish Passionate Man
Biographer Paul Ormonde reflects on the title for his book on Jim Cairns – the inspirational leader of Australia’s anti-Vietnam war movement. Cairns, a controversial figure, rose to the position of Treasurer and Deputy Prime […]
Prophet Without Honour — A biography of Jim Cairns (1914-2003)
The aim of revisiting Ormonde’s insightful biography of Cairns is to bring new attention to an extraordinary Australian politician whose restless ambition took him from a modest background to Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. […]
On Writing Jim Cairns’ Biography
Paul Ormonde talks about his reasons for writing a biography of Dr Jim Cairns, Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia during the Whitlam Government 1972-195. Paul’s book, A Foolish Public Man was published in […]
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