Author(s): Tom Scott
Tom Scott is a political commentator, political cartoonist, satirist, scriptwriter, playwright, raconteur and funny man. He's been drawing political cartoons for Wellington's Dominion Post since 1988, was in the Press Gallery and was famously banned by PM Muldoon. He's observed David Lange, Mike Moore and Helen Clark, he was a close friend of Ed Hillary and wrote and worked on a number of documentaries.His memoir covers his childhood - a tragi-comedy of a poor Irish Catholic family, his uni days when he was editor of the student newspaper and sued for blasphemous libel, his parliamentary career, his work with Ed Hillary and more. This book is multi-layered and a ripping good yarn.
Shortlisted for 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards - The Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction.
Tom Scott wrote and illustrated a weekly column on politics for The Listener for over a decade in the 1970s and early 1980s. Since 1988 he has been the editorial cartoonist for Wellington's Evening Post and its successor, The Dominion Post. A life member of the Press Gallery, he has observed at point-blank range prime ministers from Norman Kirk to John Key. He was famously banned from China by Rob Muldoon. He has been 'a boy on the bus' with David Lange, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger and Helen Clark. He was a close friend of Ed Hillary, and his television drama series and documentary on Hillary have sold to a number of countries. Footrot Flats, which he co-wrote with Murray Ball, and his stage play The Daylight Atheist were hits on both sides of the Tasman.