Growing up in a poor family, Terry White showed ambition from a young age, enrolling himself in a private school - initially without his parents' knowledge - to receive a better education. The young pharmacy graduate endured 73 interviews before he found a pharmacist who would waive the £20 apprenticeship fee - and White has never looked back.
White bought his first pharmacy in 1958 before heading overseas - it was then while working on John F Kennedy's presidential campaign that he got a taste of politics. White entered politics in 1979, becoming a Queensland Cabinet Minister in 1980. Concern at that time about Joh Bjelke-Petersen's corrupt regime saw him take over and lead the Liberal party into the 1983 election.
As a businessman, White has created an incredibly successful franchise model with Terry White Chemists, which remains an invaluable model for anyone wanting to operate a franchise business.
This enthralling biography of one of Australia's business leaders provides insight into his success while also revealing the family man behind the brand.' (Publisher's blurb)
Dedication: To my wife Clare, and to Jacinta, Natasha, Michael, Daniel and Majella - in recognition of your wonderful patience for all the times I was not there because of 'work'. Neither the work nor this book could have been done without your support.
With thanks to John Garnsey for his insistence and help with the book, and my journalist colleague Kristen Smith for her patience with all of the transcribing.