Barrie Cassidy started out in journalism as a cadet reporter with the Border Mail in Albury. In the 47 years since, he has been a court reporter and police roundsman, a political correspondent, program host, newsreader, radio broadcaster and foreign correspondent. He has worked for the Shepparton News, the Melbourne Herald, the ABC, the Australian and Network Ten, as well as in Washington and Brussels. For the past 13 years he has been host of the ABC’s highly respected political discussion program Insiders, and until recently, host of the sports equivalent, Offsiders. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was senior press secretary to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and then ultimately his political adviser.(br)Private Bill is his third book. The Party Thieves, a bestseller that traced the rapid demise of Kevin Rudd, was published after the 2007 election. An Ocean of Cricket was written with his son Adam, and captured in words and stunning photographs the emergence of cricket in the South Pacific.