Campaign Ruby by Jessica Rudd

Australians probably would have heard about this book recently as it’s scarily prophetic. Shafted prime minister’s daughter writes a book about an Australian prime minister being ousted from office by his female colleague who then calls a snap election- it all reflects our recent political climate. But is Jessica Rudd cashing in on her father’s name and fate?

No! Even though I am an ardent Kevin Rudd fan (geeks and academics can be prime minister…hope for us all, but that’s another story for another blog) Jessica Rudd has done a wonderful job in producing a truly funny chick lit where politics is anything but boring.

Campaign Ruby centres around Ruby Stanhope, an investment banker who is sacked as part of the credit crunch. She goes home, gets blind drunk and books herself a ticket to Melbourne. (Why Ruby has a Qantas Frequent Flyer number even though she’s never been to Australia is never explained). It’s too expensive to get out of the ticket, so luckily she flies in to a stinking hot summer where she is met by her aunt. By luck, she meets the Leader of the Opposition (leader of political party not in power) and is offered a job on the election campaign. Here Ruby makes the most of her Englishness and lack of knowledge regarding Australian slang, leading to some awkward (and funny) moments. Will the Leader of the Opposition win? Will Ruby realise which of the team has her best interests at heart in time?

Ruby is a very likeable character (even though she has a better knowledge of Australian fashion labels than most Australians) and the supporting cast (particularly the aunts and her niece Clementine) are skillfully written and unique.

Jessica doesn’t have the literary verbosity of her father (phew, I hear most of you say) but she does have an incredible talent for humout- I don’t think I’ve ever giggled my way through a chick lit as much.

It was interesting to read this in the wake of the recent Australian federal election, when we didn’t know what was going to happen in regards to who would form government- I was hoping that Jessica would predict the result!

If you’re in Sydney and would like to read this, many of the CBD bookshops (Dymocks, Kinokuniya and Abbey’s to name the ones I saw) have autographed copies (like mine, below).

9 out of 10.

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8 responses to “Campaign Ruby by Jessica Rudd

  1. Returning your Blog Hop visit – I would have commented on your Blog Hop post, but noticed this book review and couldn’t help myself. I’m Australian, and the first I’d heard of Jessica Rudd’s book was in an interview with her around the time of the snap election. For some reason (maybe her answers weren’t too interesting), I thought the book would be incredibly boring, but you’ve given me faith. Might keep my eye out on this one – great review!

  2. I haven’t read this yet but friends have suggested that I do. It seems eerily like real life to a point. After reading your review I think I will read it. Thanks.

  3. I just stumbled on your blog…I think it’s great:)
    This books sounds like a great time, but I was wondering if you think it would be just as enjoyable for someone who is not familar with Australian politics?

    • I think it would be suitable- I am not a big fan of politics, but it definitely helps that Ruby herself is English and has no idea about the Australian political system so it’s all explained (but not in boring political detail).

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