Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and author. She is also the Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She writes on media for a number of media outlets, and has published eleven books. Penguin Australia published The Content Makers in 2007. Her most recent work includes Journalism at the Crossroads, and Malcolm Fraser- The Political Memoirs co-written with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, which won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2011.
'Engaging ...The two lives of Kerry Stokes, business and private, are ...skillfully interwoven.' The Australian 'A very fine book.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Magnificent ...Simons, a seasoned journalist and lecturer ...has undertaken enormous research and detective work.' Launceston Examiner 'The detail in the book on Stokes' early years is remarkable ...Simons has crafted a profile of a man restlessly driven to succeed ...even at great cost to his personal life.' Weekend Australian 'A must-read.' The Weekly Review