Naked Ambition

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5.3 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Robert Gott was born in the Queensland town of Maryborough in 1957, and lives in Melbourne. He has published many books for children, and is also the creator of the newspaper cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man. He is the author of the William Power series of crime-caper novels set in 1940s Australia, comprising Good Murder, A Thing of Blood, Amongst the Dead, and The Serpent's Sting, and of the Murders series, comprising The Holiday Murders, The Port Fairy Murders, The Autumn Murders, and The Orchard Murders.


"A madcap, witty delight--it's like Oscar Wilde or Noel Coward, but naked."
--Toni Jordan, author of Dinner with the Schnabels and Prettier If She Smiled More

"A wickedly fun comedy full of larger-than-life characters, plot twists, and sharp one-liners."
--Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

"[R]eads somewhat like a closed-circle mystery. Most of the story is dialog-driven, giving it a fun, campy, stagey feel, with characters often facing off against one another. Naked Ambition is witty and full of laughs; readers looking for offbeat entertainment will find it here."
--Chris Saliba, Books+Publishing

'Agatha Christie does Don's Party. That's the vibe of Robert Gott's deliriously funny Naked Ambition, which spins the all-too-recognisable egomania of today's political class into a wickedly good farce ... Gott's page-turning chamber piece runs on sniping dialogue and sexual innuendo, stitched in with political opinion that would make David Williamson proud ... Saucy and seemingly silly, Naked Ambition is savagely witty and should win your vote.
--Stephen A. Russell, The Saturday Paper

"The set-up is frequently very funny, as you can imagine, with plenty of skewering of hypocrisy, fanatical religion and politics throughout. The wit is dry and acerbic, delivered in a style reminiscent of both Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde ... Told in a highly theatrical, telling and sometimes downright cheeky manner, Naked Ambition is staged, clever, pointed and as subtle as a life-size portrait of a naked politician in a dining room."
--The Newtown Review of Books

"Robert Gott has come up with a wickedly fun comedy full of larger-than-life characters in his latest book, Naked Ambition."
--The Senior

"[A] delicious comic novel from the wonderfully witty Robert Gott"
--Jason Steger, The Sydney Morning Herald

"Robert Gott's French farce of a novel is full of doorbells ringing, dramatic entrances, extreme characters, savage putdowns and snappy comebacks ... This is a novel about folly: political and personal. The witty, savage lines flash back and forth across the Buchanans' lounge room, all watched over by Gregory's ghastly portrait."
--Bernard Caleo, Readings

"There is ample comedy on offer ... the narrative rollicks along, creatively puncturing the overinflated balloons of political ego."
--Bob Moore, Good Reading Magazine

"[There is] plenty of fun to be had in Naked Ambition which has a great time skewering Australia's political class, religion and our views of sexuality."
--Pile by the Bed

Praise for The Orchard Murders:

"Stylish, witty, and nail-bitingly relentless. Gott is at the top of his game."
--Emma Viskic

Praise for The Orchard Murders:

"The Orchard Murders ... [is] a sleekly executed thriller ... If you know your Robert Gott novels, you'll know what's good here: crystalline prose, gruesome violence, attention to historical accuracy, sly humor and a couple of genuinely unsettling moral quandaries."
--Jock Serong, The Australian

Praise for The Autumn Murders:

"This masterly suspense novel by Robert Gott had me reading all nite. Although it's the third in a series, this was my first--and it stands alone as a great individual read ... However, it's the rapid-fire storyline and expert plotting that make this novel a quick read, while great characters and astute social observations will keep you glued to the pages and invested in the outcome."
--Karina Barrymore, Herald Sun