Former Greens leader Christine Milne’s An Activist Life is an intimate memoir and an insider’s account of the Australian political arena. Told through 18 objects of personal significance, it charts her journey from being a high school English teacher to becoming the first female leader of a political party in Tasmania, and later at the helm of the Greens in federal parliament. Speaking with The Guardian editor, Lenore Taylor, she reflects on her life story and the dealings, horse-trading and treachery of politics in Canberra.

Christine Milne (Australian)

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“A woman, a mother, a fighter” is how Christiana Figueres, former United Nations Climate Change Convention CEO, described global environmental and social justice leader Christine Milne. Brought up on a dairy farm in NW Tasmania, Christine was jailed in the Franklin River campaign, came to national prominence battling to protect native forests and the farmlands of Wesley Vale, became the first female leader in Tasmanian politics and went on to lead the Australian Greens. An Activist Life tells her story driving action on LGBTIQ and refugee rights, gun law reform, and global warming.

Lenore Taylor (Australian)

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Lenore Taylor is the editor in chief of The Guardian Australia. She spent almost 30 years in the federal parliamentary press gallery, writing for Guardian Australia, Fairfax Media and The Australian. She is a regular panelist on the ABC's Insiders program. She has won two Walkley awards and has twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She co-authored a book, Shitstorm, on the Rudd government's response to the global economic crisis.