The Rise and Fall of Australia is timely and a bit disturbing. Is this the way politics is going worldwide? I'm thinking here of The Tea Party in the US and UKIP in the UK. The 24 hour news cycle is destroying real policy debate, the loudest angriest voices are the ones that make the news. Scary. At the end of the book Nick mentions his wife and young child. I couldn't believe it. He'd married Fleur Woods who was literally our girl next door in suburban Lane Cove! 6 degrees of separation?