The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Political memoirs: an international comparison of indexing styles

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2012), 30, (2), 66–75.

Abstract

Late in 2010, the former political leaders of three countries published their memoirs: Tony Blair (UK), George W. Bush (USA) and John Howard (Australia). The index to the Blair autobiography in particular became a hot topic on indexers’ discussion lists, raising questions about differences between British and North American editions, and about indexer neutrality. The author, who indexed the Howard autobiography, discusses these issues, as well as dealing with the way in which the four indexes handle the technical challenges associated with indexing political memoirs, such as managing strings of undifferentiated locators and indexing the subject of the biography.

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Anderson, M. D. (1971) Book indexing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Book indexing Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (2000) ‘Strings in indexes to biographies: an open letter to the Panel judging the Wheatley Award’, Australian Society of Indexers Newsletter 24(5) (June), 49. Strings in indexes to biographies: an open letter to the Panel judging the Wheatley Award 24 49 Google Scholar

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Blair, T. (2010a) A journey. London, Hutchinson. Two intertwined political lives: memoirs by Tony Blair and George W. Bush A journey Google Scholar

Blair, T. (2010b) A journey: my political life. New York/Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf. A journey: my political life Google Scholar

Bush, G. W. (2010) Decision points. Australia: Virgin Books. (First published in the USA by Crown.) Decision points Google Scholar

Howard, J. (2010) Lazarus rising: a personal and political autobiography. Sydney: HarperCollins. Lazarus rising: a personal and political autobiography Google Scholar

Leise, F. (2011) ‘“And so to bed”: the index to The diary of Samuel Pepys’, The Indexer 29(1) (March), 4–11 . “And so to bed”: the index to The diary of Samuel Pepys The Indexer 29 4 11 Google Scholar

Peterson, M. (2010) ‘Lazarus rising, but publisher can’t keep up’, Canberra Times, 27 October 2010, p. 2. Canberra Times 2 Google Scholar

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Romei, S. (2011) ‘Lazarus rises to become bestselling political memoir The Australian 3 Google Scholar

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Sydney Institute Quarterly (2011) ‘Mr Howard’s aunty’, editorial, 38 (Jan.): 2. Google Scholar

Walker, A. (2000) ‘What’s special about biographical indexing? Alan Walker reviews Indexing biographies and other stories of human lives, by Hazel K. Bell (2nd edn)’, Australian Society of Indexers Newsletter 24(10), 91, 94. Indexing biographies and other stories of human lives 24 91 94 Google Scholar

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Walker, Alan