Jack Barclay, great man of the Australian Labor Party, is dead. And with him has died the last remaining connection to the social reforms of 1970s Labor governments. New Labor is thriving in its place, proudly parading economic reform as the defining agenda for the new century.
At his funeral, family, friends and party faithful will gather to celebrate his life. Or will they? In the grand tradition of Australian public life, each stake an individual claim to Jack's greatness and put a personal spin on his life and contribution to the nation. The Great Man is a wickedly comic tilt at politics, greed and the craving for personal identity. (Publisher's blurb, back cover)