I was aware that Anna's childhood was not always a happy one and she does not gloss over this fact. However I was very impressed with the balanced way she approached this time of her life - expressing the difficult times she and her mother and siblings experienced with some compassion for her father and his battle with alcoholism. Despite the hardships of her early life Anna also speaks of many happy times and also illustrates how her early love of learning and the determination of her mother that she secure a solid future for herself put her on the path to success.
A fair portion of the book is devoted to the QLD floods of 2011 and Anna details how this massive natural disaster was also a major event in her political and even personal life, being thrust into the world spotlight so firmly. She writes of the personal toll of seeing so much heartache first hand and you can appreciate how under the brave face she put forward was an ordinary and compassionate human being struggling to lead her state through very unchartered territory. She also details the difficult days following the 2012 election defeat and letting go of a political career. It was interesting to learn just how sudden a public life can end but Anna writes of this time in a positive way as she regained the freedom to live the life of a normal citizen again. She does not shy away from her battle with cancer, detailing the disease in all its ugliness but also sharing the mindset she had to adopt to make it through this horrible time.
Although covering some fairly complex subject matter, Through The Wall is written in a very easy to read style. At no time did I feel the story dragged - even through the less interesting political information - and I really don't have much interest in politics at all. It is also not an overly long book, which also helped with the telling of Anna's story.
Overall I thing I most enjoyed getting the know the "real" Anna Bligh and what made this woman tick. As a political leader I think she did great things for women, not just in the political arena but also in the community as well. I would say you do not need to be a Queenslander or even a woman to enjoy this book.