Hager’s new book

Nicky Hager has announced that he will be launching another book tomorrow.

The launch is being held at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington. It begins at 5pm Tuesday 21 March 2017, with speakers at 5.15pm.

The book is not a sequel to Dirty Politics nor related to the election. It is a completely different book but nonetheless gripping and important.

That leaves open to being about many things.

Hager was involved in the Panama Papers revelations so something related to that is an obvious possibility.

Martyn Bradbury’s loose lips let slip about ‘Dirty Politics’ just prior to it being launched.

Last December Bradbury tweeted:

There is a damning book coming out that will focus on John Key – I believe this is behind his decision to step down

But so far since Hager’s latest announcement Bradbury hasn’t revealed any more hints, so either he is being more disciplined – Hager likes his books to pack a surprise punch – or he has been left out of the loop.

All he has done is post a repeat of Hager’s announcement: BREAKING: New Nicky Hager book launch this Tuesday

Repeating someone’s pre-promotion is hardly breaking news.

That tweet prompted speculation but it’s unlikely to be a follow up to Dirty Politics, that served it’s purpose with Slater and Whale Oil practically neutered and John Key resigned.

John Key will give his valedictory speech in Parliament on Wednesday, but if the book launch is timed to pre-empt that it its probably smart marketing more than closely related.

Toby Manhire at The Spinoff does some speculating (and/or has some fun) in Nicky Hager is about to publish a new book. What’s it about? Here are the odds  but points out:

When Hager told the Spinoff about the book-in-progress – and we’re confident it’s the same one – late in 2015, however, he said, “I’ve had one of the most important projects that I could imagine in my life ticking away and going through the early processes of working towards eventually getting it together.” So if it is about Key, it goes back a bit.

At least this time the book has been launched well in advance of the election. Claims that ‘Dirty Politics’ was an attempted campaign hit job allowed some if it’s impact to be diverted and deflated.

We will find out tomorrow after 5 pm what it is about.

NOTE: I will delete any derogatory personal comments. Stick to opinions and arguments on issues and events.

46 Comments

    • Missy

       /  March 20, 2017

      Not sure what else he can do on Intelligence, especially when you consider how much came out after the Snowden Leaks.

    • Gezza

       /  March 20, 2017

      Love the pic 👍

  1. PDB

     /  March 20, 2017

    At a wild guess I’m picking it’s on a ‘green’ issue, maybe water issues/ water pollution (some farmer bashing involved) in New Zealand………chances are stolen private emails and other correspondence will feature.

    • i am guessing its a fairly thin attempt to link panama papers type stuff to national party elite ….

    • Gezza

       /  March 20, 2017

      Why bother guessing? I’m just gonna wait & see. Saves time & avoids wasted mental effort.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  March 20, 2017

        I’m picking young benno to pen the prologue. It’ll be …gripping

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  March 20, 2017

  3. Corky

     /  March 20, 2017

    5pm start… just the right time for fawning, golly gee, television to cross live, and give them time to work out what they will and won’t tell a dumbed down audience.

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  March 20, 2017

      And on a Tuesday too. So it will get a four day news cycle leading in to the full page features on Saturday and Sunday.

      Why can’t he release it at 5:30 on a Friday like the Government do?

      • Corky

         /  March 20, 2017

        Why…Why!!? Because he has no one to alienate, and he doesn’t have a bed of taxpayer money to fall back on. That’s his punishment for backing the wrong horse.

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  March 20, 2017

          I doubt you could call writing a bestseller every four years backing the wrong horse.
          Nor should you look for a conspiracy in what is just shrewd marketing.
          I predict you’ll have something to say tomorrow when One News cuts live to Unity books and the first thing the reporter says is “I’ve had my copy for a week”.

          • Corky

             /  March 20, 2017

            ”Nor should you look for a conspiracy in what is just shrewd marketing.”

            ”Why can’t he release it at 5:30 on a Friday like the Government do?”

            There’s a conspiracy …of bias,contradiction?

    • PDB

       /  March 20, 2017

      Hence the hypocrisy of Hager – He admitted that the majority of MSM people involved in his so-called ‘Dirty Politics’ were not named and instead would be given a second chance …………payback is now with free, wide-ranging & breathless MSM promotion of his latest book.

      • Anonymous Coward

         /  March 20, 2017

        When has one of his book launches NOT made the 6 O’clock news?

      • Corky

         /  March 20, 2017

        Bomber Cadbury reckons it will focus on JK’s abrupt departure. At least I think it was Cadbury, the avatar was of a bear wearing shades.

        Crikey, Keys valedictory speech is on Wednesday. I can’t wait.

      • Blazer

         /  March 20, 2017

        no one sues him despite all the claims…of injury’.

    • Gezza

       /  March 20, 2017

      I’m looking forward to it. Always a good read, comments about his books. 😀

      • Pete Kane

         /  March 20, 2017

        Me too G.

      • Considerably more entertaining, amusing and informative to read commentary on, rather than Hager’s books themselves. 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🤗

        • Blazer

           /  March 21, 2017

          don’t tell me you are in Libya now,visiting Gaddafis grave.Another executed for defying the private bankers.

    • Blazer

       /  March 20, 2017

      I take it you be…will be..watching.

  4. duperez

     /  March 20, 2017

    Will Jason Ede be there?

  5. Nelly Smickers

     /  March 20, 2017

    *HEADS UP*

    Youse wont be able to buy it from Whitcoulls.

    • PDB

       /  March 20, 2017

      You mean in its non-fiction section?

      • Pete Kane

         /  March 20, 2017

        No. But you do remind me that fiction writers often write under pseudonyms.

        • PDB

           /  March 20, 2017

          As opposed to some people who post under their real name but write such nonsense nobody can be assed looking them up on google to find out who they are?

  6. PDB

     /  March 20, 2017

    Red radio: “Mr Little is sure it won’t be about his party.
    “I can’t imagine, I don’t think so, I don’t expect so. But then, we’re very clean. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”

    Not much money to be made bashing Labour who do a good job themselves in self-sabotage…..

  7. David

     /  March 20, 2017

    Let’s face it, Hager is beyond a self-parody now.

  8. Kevin

     /  March 20, 2017

    “John Key will give his valedictory speech in Parliament on Wednesday, but if the book launch is timed to pre-empt that it its probably smart marketing more than closely related.”

    Surely if the book is about John Key it’d be just a coincidence, right? It’s not like Hager’s timed his book releases before …

  9. Blazer

     /  March 20, 2017

    looking forward to it.His books have been excellent….and he has been victimised by vindictive,entitled …prats.(with influence)

  10. Nelly Smickers

     /  March 20, 2017

    @6:49PM

    LOL ❗ 😄 😄

    • MaureenW

       /  March 20, 2017

      I would not be surprised. I’m sure there are several reasons JK resigned at short notice that did not include his family reasons

  11. Nelly Smickers

     /  March 20, 2017

    I’ve often been referred to as a bit of a *Teaser*……but here’s one for you 😛

    I’m hearing the *title* of Nikki’s new book is: *M___________A*

    😎

    • PDB

       /  March 20, 2017

      Forget that, what about Nicky’s new book?

      • PDB

         /  March 21, 2017

        Hooton seems to think it is media related…….something to do with rich p***ks influencing MSM…..

  12. Pete Kane

     /  March 21, 2017

    My first expedition to the TDB for a while. Apparently they will be livestreaming.