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Time for his next baby: Barnaby Joyce’s ‘surprising’ book is due in six weeks

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Barnaby Joyce speaks to the press on February 16, 2018. Photo: Getty
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New father Barnaby Joyce is expecting another delivery in just six weeks – his political memoir on bookshelves.

The tome isn’t just slipping quietly into the world, with the publisher trying on Wednesday to drum up publicity with new details from the book and promises it will tell the inside story of the former Nationals leader’s fall from grace.

So with the late August publication date looming, has Mr Joyce finished tapping away?

“Not a clue,” said a spokesperson for publisher New Holland.

The publisher assures Weatherboard & Iron: Politics, The Bush And Me will detail the cut and thrust of the nation’s capital and will surprise readers.

Mr Joyce, 51, quit the deputy prime ministership on February 23 after it was revealed he was having a baby with his staffer-turned-partner Vikki Campion, 33.

He used his resignation announcement as a subliminal nod to his upcoming book, repeatedly referring to the “weatherboard and iron” and his personal dedication to it.

“Joyce not only provides a context to this calamitous series of events but also offers an insight into the inner workings of politics and the media in this country,” the publisher said.

Due to return to work from sick leave on Friday, the fledgling author spent time at a goose farm on Tuesday.

Some social media users said it looked like Mr Joyce had cooked his own goose during the outing, where he got hands on. “Faux pas meets foie gras,” one said.

The book also looks at his by-election win after the dual citizenship saga, and his headline-making stoush with actor Johnny Depp and his then-wife Amber Heard over their illegal importation of dogs.

Mr Joyce made international news with the 2015 canine brouhaha, sparked when the Hollywood stars arrived on the Gold Coast without proper permits for Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo.

The dogs did not go through quarantine and Mr Joyce, then agriculture minister, threatened to have Pistol and Boo killed unless they were removed from Australia.

Heard and Depp also recorded a video apology that went viral.

While that incident will reportedly be only a chapter, Mr Joyce will have had plenty of fodder left to pick over while finishing his memoir on the backbench.

In the last year he has lost his job and his 24-year marriage to wife Natalie, with whom he has four daughters, and welcomed son Sebastian with Ms Campion in April.

Perhaps saving some juicy details for the book, he dodged political and personal questions during a sit down with his new partner on Sunday Night.

Mr Joyce has said he would not have done the paid interview with Vikki Campion if he had known it would not lessen media scrutiny. Photo: Channel Seven

Paid $150,000 for the exclusive interview, Mr Joyce has since called for changes to privacy laws.

The book deal has been declared on his parliamentary interests register.

The short announcement from New Holland doesn’t make it clear if Mr Joyce will get to the nitty-gritty about sexual harassment allegations against him, his and Ms Campion’s use of travel allowances and when their romance started.

Publisher Alan Whiticker said in April the book would showcase what’s important to Mr Joyce.

“I think this book gives Barnaby the chance to answer what is important to him as a politician, man, father and partner,” Mr Whiticker told The New Daily.

“What comes through is his love of the bush, his passion for his job and, yes, his concern for those closest to him.

“I believe his story will surprise those people who think they know what he stands for.”

New Holland said the autobiography will be a warts-and-all account that is “guaranteed not to disappoint”.

-with agencies

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