Black Inc. has acquired a biography of Lachlan Murdoch, heir apparent to the Murdoch media empire.
He has grown up in the media spotlight, and in 2019 emerged as clear winner of the family’s drawn-out succession war, but Lachlan Murdoch remains a mysterious figure and a mess of apparent contradictions. Always his father’s favourite, Lachlan was independent enough to walk away from it all in 2007. Yet the rebellious, tattooed playboy has become the family’s hardline-conservative standard-bearer. Over a 25-year career Lachlan has survived a string of own-goals – including expensive disasters from Super-League to One.Tel – and dodged the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal that nearly wrecked the Murdoch business globally. He is now poised to inherit control of the dominant Fox and News conglomerates, perhaps the most powerful media empire in the world. Sly Fox will investigate: who is Lachlan Murdoch, and where will he take the family empire – to new extremes of fact-free populism, or back towards the political centre? At a time of disruption in business and politics, can Lachlan keep the Murdoch empire afloat?
‘Lachlan Murdoch may have been born and raised overseas, but his roots are here. I’m looking forward to digging into the life story of the man on track to become the most influential Australian on the planet.’
‘Paddy is a very fine biographer, who combines deep research with pacy, insightful writing. His close look at Lachlan will be an essential read about a key figure for Australia’s – and the world’s – media.’
—Chris Feik, Publisher, Black Inc.
Paddy Manning is the author of five books, including Bodycount: How Climate Change is Killing Us (forthcoming by Simon and Schuster); Inside the Greens (Black Inc., 2019) and Born to Rule: The Unauthorised Biography of Malcolm Turnbull (MUP, 2015 and updated in 2018). Over a 20-year career in journalism he has worked for the ABC, Crikey, SMH/The Age, AFR and The Australian and was founding editor and publisher of Ethical Investor magazine. He is presently contributing editor (politics) for The Monthly magazine.
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