Six-time Walkley award-winning ABC journalist and Byron local Kerry O’Brien recently launched his latest book, A Memoir, at The Book Room at Newrybar Merchants.
In a career spanning more than 50 years, O’Brien reflects on the social and political upheavals and the personalities who have made history. It’s an intimate account, told with wit and insight, where big events are recounted, and lessons are learned and ignored, along with the foibles and strengths of public figures who construct our world.
Whether strolling the history-laden corridors of the White House unhindered while waiting to interview Barack Obama, or talking with Nelson Mandela on his first day in the presidential residence in Pretoria, or receiving a haughty rebuke from an indignant Margaret Thatcher, O’Brien has sought to unearth the truth behind the news.
In Australia, he has watched 13 prime ministers come and go and has called the powerful to account without fear or favour.