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Tanya Plibersek

This deserves more attention than the news cycle can grant … A revelatory portrait of a politician who wants ‘to live a large and useful life’. 
—Sian Cain, The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek: On Her Own Terms

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About the author

Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is a journalist and the author of fourteen books, including biographies of Malcolm Fraser and Penny Wong. She won the 2015 Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism and has been honoured with several Quill Awards for journalistic excellence. …

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Praise for Tanya Plibersek

‘If you’re looking for an entertaining and informative insight into the rollercoaster ride of Australian politics over the last 25 years, as well as an inspiring read about one of our most powerful women, look no further.’ —Julia Taylor, Books+Publishing

‘You can bank on new insights from Walkley Award winner Simons who has … written a life of Malcolm Fraser and plenty of fine journalism.’ —Jason Steger, The Age

'The voices of those who know her well, especially her family and close friends, give the biography an appealing intimacy … Plibersek restores one’s trust in politics. If only there were more like her’ —Judith Brett, Crikey

‘The Australian book to read now’ —Qantas Magazine

‘Award-winning journalist Simons’ deep-dive into Plibersek’s life paints a portrait of one of Australia’s most influential women’ —Sezen Bakan, The New Daily

‘An absolute pleasure to read’ — Mary Crooks AO, Victorian Women’s Trust

‘[T]his well-researched, finely judged biography makes for richly informative reading.’ —Matthew Ricketson, The Conversation

‘What [Simons] presents is an interesting case study in female ambition.’ —Jane Goodall, Inside Story

‘This deserves more attention than the news cycle can grant … A revelatory portrait of a politician who wants “to live a large and useful life”.’ —Sian Cain, The Guardian

‘This is an impressive piece of biography…This book makes the case for the primacy of policy in politics and of caring in life. Leadership by any other name.’ —Jonathan Green, The Age

‘Plibersek’s story is a great Australian story’ —Troy Bramston, The Australian

‘Margaret Simons’ biography is informative, balanced and compassionate.’ —Clive Hodges, Good Reading Magazine

‘The moment I remember most from Margaret Simons’ Tanya Plibersek biography, for example, is when she writes about the minister calmly breastfeeding in her office. The thought of Plibersek holding meetings over the top of her baby’s head makes me cry.’ —Ceridwen Spark, The Monthly

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