A Tumultuous Life is Brian Burke’s story.

It is the story of an aspiring young politician who gathered around him a group of talented, like-minded Labor Party idealists branded by the press as the Young Turks. Together they reinvented the Labor Party in Western Australia.

Brian Burke was 35 years of age when he led Labor to its biggest ever victory when the party won government in WA in 1983. At the age of 36 he was sworn in as Premier.

Brian was born into Labor politics - and into Catholicism. His father Tom was the Federal Member for Perth, who was expelled from the Labor Party during the desperate politics of the Split of the 1950s. It was from his father that Brian learned so much about politics - and life.

Brian began his working life as a proofreader and then journalist on The West Australian newspaper. After winning the seat of Balcatta by just 30 votes in a by-election in 1973, he spent 10 years in Opposition in the WA Parliament before becoming Premier during the crazy, heady, exciting times of the 1980s.

It was a time when much of the commercial action across Australia was being driven by a group of colourful, audacious, creative and - in some cases - dishonest entrepreneurs.

While still in his 40s, Brian Burke had been a member of the WA Parliament for 15 years, Leader of the WA Opposition, Premier of WA, Ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See - and incarcerated in Wooroloo Prison.

He describes his life as one of success, of failure and of regret - regret about things he may have done better; things done for the right reasons that didn't work as well as he hoped. A life much like everyone else's.

But entwined and ever-present in this incredible life is a rare love story. It's a love story strengthened by adversity; a love story that has endured, and now - after 52 years of marriage, six children and 19 grandchildren - is still being written.

A Tumultuous Life will be published in Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. It is a big book of almost 600-pages with 52 pages of photographs including many in full colour. It was released on 25 August.


Orders are now being taken for copies of A Tumultuous Life.

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There are generous savings when multiple copies are ordered of A Tumultuous Life with the book's price as low as $25.25 including FREE P&H when 20 or more copies are ordered.

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A leather bound Limited Edition of 250 copies of A Tumultuous Life will be published.

The 20 copies still available of this Limited Edition are now offered each with 10 complimentary (free) copies of the Hard cover edition with dust jacket in a package priced at $250 - that's about $22.75 per book

P&H is at the reduced rate of $10. The leather bound Limited Edition book cannot be bought singly.

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My story will open some wounds; hopefully it will heal others. I have written it with honesty and candour, and I will be ever grateful to the people of WA for their support and their trust.

That so many believed I breached that trust is a burden I will always carry.

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