Paul Cleary began his career with Fairfax, leading to a decade of economic policy reporting in the Canberra press gallery. After studying in the UK as a Chevening Scholar, he became an adviser to Timor-Leste on resource negotiations. His work has focused on resource conflicts and policy, and his books include Trillion Dollar Baby, Mine-Field, Shakedown and Too Much Luck, which The New Yorker described as a ‘fierce, concise book’ that investigated how the resources boom was being 'classically mismanaged'. In recent years he has worked with and written about the First Peoples of Australia. His latest book is Title Fight.