Prime Minister’s Summer Reading List 2018

Grattan Institute launched our annual Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister, in Melbourne at the State Library Victoria on Tuesday 4 December.

Every year Grattan Institute releases a summer reading list for the Prime Minister. It recommends books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find both stimulating and cracking good reads. Melbourne-based journalist Madeleine Morris joined Grattan Institute CEO John Daley in Melbourne to discuss how this year’s titles illuminate some of Australia’s most important debates.


Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based senior journalist for 7.30 and regular fill-in host of ABC News Breakfast. For over a decade she was based in London as a reporter and presenter for the BBC, where she reported from more than 20 countries including working as Washington correspondent. She is the author of parenting guide ‘Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: why your formula-fed baby can be happy, healthy and smart’.

John Daley has been CEO of the Grattan Institute since it was founded eight years ago. He has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, housing affordability, and generational inequality. He has worked at the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, consulting firm McKinsey and Co, and ANZ Bank in fields including law, public policy, strategy, and finance.

This year we were proud to publish our list in partnership with Readings – an Australian independent retailer. The books can be purchased at any of Readings seven shops in Melbourne, or via Readings online.