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.


Pieces by Margaret Simons

Beyond the comfort zone
Edition 11: Getting Smart

Buried in the labyrinth
Edition 16: Unintended Consequences

Ties that bind
Edition 8: People like Us

A cry in the night
Edition 20: Cities on the Edge

Life without reputation
Edition 5: Addicted to Celebrity

Sustaining a nation
Edition 27: Food Chain

Griffith Review