TIRED of being labelled ''Kevin Rudd's brother'', Greg Rudd hopes to reclaim his identity when his debut novel is published next week.
''If people do read the novel, forever after they'll be able to easily see the difference between Kevin and myself,'' the elder brother of the former prime minister said of his sci-fi political thriller, The Two Heart Conspiracy. ''Kevin is less tolerant about views that don't coincide with his views.''
Greg was once the better known Rudd around the corridors of Parliament House - he spent six years working as Con Sciacca's chief of staff during the Hawke/Keating era. When Kevin arrived in Canberra in 1998, Greg said he would complain about people greeting him with ''you're Greg's brother''.
These days Greg says he can relate to Brad Pitt's brother, Doug, who recently poked fun at his No. 2 status in an ad campaign. ''There is nothing pleasant about going from being Greg Rudd to 'you're Kevin Rudd's brother'. It's like taking your own identity away from yourself.''
The brothers fell out at the end of Kevin's prime ministership, which Greg attributes to a disagreement on style. ''He believes my style is weak - he told me that. I believe in compromise. You get longevity through compromise.''
The writing gene appears to run in the Rudd family: in 2010 Kevin teamed up with the actor Rhys Muldoon to write Jasper and Abby and the Great Australia Day Kerfuffle, a children's story about the adventures of the then prime minister's pets.
That year Jessica Rudd published her chick-lit book, Campaign Ruby, which charted the travails of the political adviser Ruby Stanhope, and was followed up with Ruby Blues the next year.
Greg's novel also involves a political protagonist. Max Switch is an outspoken independent MP who holds the balance of power in the Federal Parliament.