A Passionate Life

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Penguin Group Australia, Jul 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
Kerry Packer described her as a 'dedicated and brilliant journalist who has achieved greatness in her industry very early and so quickly' and 'a jewel beyond price'. Cold Chisel wrote a song about her. Rupert Murdoch was so impressed by her talents, he asked her to be the editor-in-chief of both the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs - and in doing so, become the first woman ever to edit a major Australian metropolitan newspaper.

In her extraordinary career, spanning over fifty years, Ita Buttrose has been involved in every aspect of the media, from newspapers and magazines to television and radio and now, electronic publishing. From her creation of a new type of women's magazine in Cleo and then ITA, to her appointment as the youngest-ever editor of The Australian Women's Weekly (a distinction she still holds today), a passionate love of journalism has driven her every step of the way.

Refreshingly candid about the challenges she has faced as a professional woman, not only in her career but also in her love life and as a mother, A Passionate Life describes those ground-breaking years with Ita's trademark clarity, precision and wit.

In this substantially revised and expanded edition, Ita also shares her views on current affairs and the state of the media today, including an insider's perspective on the Murdoch empire. We hear about her significant recent contribution to various health awareness campaigns, particularly Alzheimer's Australia; her coverage of the 2011 royal wedding; her new incarnation as a rap star; the making of Paper Giants and her recent venture into the new territory of electronic publishing.

An appealing and lively autobiography by one of Australia's most distinguished journalists, A Passionate Life will strike a chord with working women everywhere.

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The second autobiographical offering from the doyenne of the Australian media, Ita Buttrose's A Passionate Life is a detailed and interesting history of her amazing career, with insights into the ... Read full review


Starting out The fifties and the sixties
Cleo and the seventies
The Australian Womens Weekly and the seventies
The eventful eighties
AIDS and the eighties
The Fairfax follies
ITA and the woman who wasnt born yesterday
In search of a new dream
No friend like a sister
Love me love my family
My extraordinary renaissance year

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About the author (2012)

Ita Buttrose AO, OBE has enjoyed an extensive career in print, radio and television. She has edited leading magazines and newspapers including Sydney's Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, The Australian Women's Weekly, Cleo and ITA. She is a regular social commentator on Channel Nine's Today show and in popular demand on the professional speakers' circuit. She is National President of Alzheimer's Australia, Vice-President Emeritus of Arthritis Australia and National Patron of the Macular Degeneration Foundation and has also been awarded Australian of the Year 2013.

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