New Zealand's first woman Prime Minister remains an enigma to many, despite her almost daily exposure on television. In this biography, the author has produced a comprehensive and absorbing account of the life, times and character of the real Helen Clark. This account explains how the daughter of a conservative, National-voting farming family became a left-wing student activist; how she was transformed from a seemingly dry and brittle academic into a popular, media-savvy and charismatic leader; how she moulded a disparate group of factions into a cohesive coalition. Here is the authoritative inside story on her personal relationships; on her role in the Lange/ Douglas Government; the attempted coup against her in 1996; her tears at Waitangi; her encounters with the world's most powerful leaders, and much more.
Brian Edwards was born in Cork in the Republic of Ireland. He was educated at Queens University, Belfast, and at the University of Edinburgh, where he gained his doctorate in 1964. He emigrated to New Zealand in the same year, teaching at Canterbury University until he entered the world of television in 1967. His career as a television and radio interviewer continued until 1999. In 1999 Dr Edwards was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to broadcasting and journalism.