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.
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