Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of seven books.

Her most recent work includes Latham’s World, an examination of the then Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, which was published as part of the Australian Quarterly Essay series in September 2004. Her 2003 bookThe Meeting of the Waters, an examination of the Hindmarsh Island bridge affair, won the 2003 Queensland Premiers Award for non-fiction, and was shortlisted for many other awards. Simons is presently writing a book about the Australian media, to be published by Penguin.

As well as writing books, Simons is a freelance investigative and feature journalist, writing regularly forThe Age the Sydney Morning Herald and many other publications. She is also a novelist and a gardening writer. Her book Resurrection in a Bucket – the History of Compost was published by Allen and Unwin in May 2004, and for many years she wrote the popular Earthmother gardening column for The Australian.

Simons lives in Melbourne with her partner and two children.


Beyond the comfort zone

ReportageLAST WEEK I was on a train. In the same carriage was a collection of object studies for parental hope and anxiety. There were the private-school girls in their blazers, box pleats and boaters, their silky ponytails unravelling. There...

Buried in the labyrinth

ReportageShortlisted, The 2007 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Magazine Feature WritingThis is a story about the habits of mistrust that grow between citizens and government in a media-lubricated democracy.It is also a story about failure. Whether it is...

Ties that bind

EssayShortlisted, 2006 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, John Curtin Prize for JournalismWHAT DID WE think we were doing, the day we went to Narre Warren? Research, I could say, seeing that I had this piece to write. Or perhaps it...

A cry in the night

ReportageIT WAS A cry of many voices. It sounded like anger, or lament. It was past eleven o'clock on the night of November 28, 2007 and I was in my study, tucked into the roof of my house, preparing...

Life without reputation

ReportageI HAVE HEARD some significant gossip about the Howard Government Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock. Or rather, since I heard it from two reliable and independent sources, I can elevate what I heard and call it a fact. This is how...

Sustaining a nation

EssayWE VISITED OUR relations in spring last year. They raise their living from the central western plains of New South Wales, near Forbes. This is not the kind of country where city folk buy hobby farms, or aspire to...

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