Barry Cohen is the author/compiler of Life With Gough and Whitlam to Winston. He was a member of parliament for 21 years, and was Minister of the Arts, Heritage and the Environment for four years (in the first and second Hawke Governments). Barry has been a columnist for The Bulletin and The Australian. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Herald and Time... He has also been an intermittent radio commentator. The Yarts will be his sixth book.