Foreword 1. Pioneer Families 2. A Country Childhood 3. Incarceration 4. Awakening: The Student Years 5. Apprenticeship 6. Of Parties, Politics and Peter 7. Campaign '81 8. Into the Boy's Club 9. Market Forces 10. In Cabinet 11. The Wilderness Years 12. Phoenix from the Ashes 13. The Glittering Prize 14. Report Card 15. A Very Considerable Prime Minister 16. Helen on Helen: An Interview
Brian Edwards was born in Cork in the Republic of Ireland. He was educated at Queens University, Belfast, and at the University of Edinburgh, where he gained his doctorate in 1964. He emigrated to New Zealand in the same year, teaching at Canterbury University until he entered the world of television in 1967. His career as a television and radio interviewer continued until 1999. In 1999 Dr Edwards was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to broadcasting and journalism.