Come The Revolution – Reviews

“A terrific book about journalism… a rattling good read.”
The Walkley Magazine – more

“A great journalist’s recollection of the colour and horror of history on the run … one of those rare acts of autobiography where someone allows his experience and his mistakes to speak for themselves with something like the voice of truth.”
Peter Craven in The Australian

“Mitchell has produced perhaps the finest Australian memoir in a decade.”
Andrew West in Justinian – more

“He writes with immense passion and great humour about his childhood in Queensland and his long, eventful life as a journalist – and Trotskyist – in Australia and Britain… Come the Revolution will be required reading for my first-year journalism students.”
Canberra Times – more

“One of the pleasures of Mitchell’s memoir comes from the very different culture of the near past, an era both joltingly familiar and impossibly foreign. Few Australians journalists would be brave enough to end their memoirs with a denunciation of the market and a call for revolution.”
Jeff Sparrow in the Australian Book Review

“Alex Mitchell is perhaps best known as a commentator on NSW politics with a
racy, hard-hitting style. Some may have heard hints of an adventurous past as an
investigative journalist and radical activist. Mitchell now reveals all in this
forthright and engaging memoir.”
David Clune, former NSW Parliament historian – more


“[Mitchell] clearly is a writer of the first rank. At the very least, this book will stand as a great chronicle of the times from a radical left-wing perspective. For that, the politically savvy reading public in this country and the UK is in his debt.”
Jeffrey Phillips in Workplace Review


More opinions from leading commentators:

A gripping account of a young Australian journalist’s adventures in
intrigue-ridden London as he fights to change the world.
Phillip Knightley AM, author and espionage expert

For 20 years Alex Mitchell, one of the country’s finest and most experienced journalists, has threatened to write and publish his memoir … Publication day has finally arrived… It promises to be one of the books of the year.
Matthew Condon, author and editor

Alex Mitchell’s adventures in journalism and politics make for a wonderfully entertaining memoir, which also yields rare insights into some mysterious corners and personalities of the last century… told with the gift of comedy and a sincere good heart.
Ian Jack, Guardian columnist

Alex Mitchell’s impassioned memoir of a fifty-year, unique career in reporting politics takes us on an exciting and challenging journey from a North Queensland country newspaper to leading newspapers and current affairs television in the UK.
Brian Johns AO, former MD, Penguin, ABC & SBS

Alex Mitchell belongs to that small group of great Australian journalists who helped change the face of investigative journalism… Mitchell adds two special qualities to a fabulous life: a great heart, and a magical pen.
Carmen Callil, founder of Virago Press