The Revolutionary with the Golden Tongue – The Hanan Ashrawi Story
Hanan Ashrawi was pulled out of academe to be the mouthpiece for the Palestinian cause: Arafat’s woman in Washington. Her mission? To make the world see the suffering beyond the stone-throwing. David Leser looks at the woman, her political sisters and intrigues behind the peace talks.
Rising Out of the Ashes: The story of Ingrid Betancourt
Held as a prisoner in the Amazon jungle, Ingrid Betancourt was chained, starved and raped by her captors. Yet, it was not knowing whether she’d ever be free again that almost destroyed her. She talks to David Leser about the joy of freedom and a former life lost forever
The Life and Death of Florence Broadhurst
Thirty years after her vicious and still unsolved murder, an enigmatic Australian has become an international trendsetter. David Leser looks at the fascinating and colourful life of wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst.
Australian Women’s Weekly
Celebrated editor Tina Brown’s sensational new book The Diana Chronicles reveals the princess as she has never been seen before. In an exclusive interview David Leser talks to the author about her controversial portrait of the princess and the royal world she loathed so much
Janet Holmes a Court: The Time of Her Life
Australia’s “dream boss” and Living National Treasure. Janet Holmes a Court, stunned the business world when she took over her late husband Robert’s corporate empire and made a success of it. She talks candidly to David Leser about her roles as wife, mother and business mogul.
Gina Rinehart and Rose Porteous: A Battle of Wills
It’s the family feud to end them all. The lonely rich-girl daughter versus the flashy widow; claims and counterclaims of deathbed bullying; stolen wills and adulterous plotting. At stake? The vast mining empire of Lang Hancock. But after six poisonous years and endless legal wars, is either woman closer to the spoils?
Our Richest Woman’s Family Feud
Fate has given Gina Rinehart both blessings and curses – unimaginable wealth and poisoned personal relationships. On her way to becoming the richest woman on the planet, writes David Leser, the “Iron Maiden” has fought numerous court cases and now finds herself in a bitter battle with three of her four children.
Fiona Stanley: The Children’s Champion
Australian of the year for 2003 has charmed us with her passion and intelligence. Now as the end of her 12-month term approaches she talks about how she has fought to turn the tide of our society from one where economic values dominate, to one which places human values – particularly the early care of children – first.