TOM ROBERTS historian & Biographer

TOM ROBERTS historian & Biographer

TOM ROBERTS historian & BiographerTOM ROBERTS historian & BiographerTOM ROBERTS historian & Biographer


2020 update:  THE MAKING OF MURDOCH is now available internationally 


With a passion for research and a reputation for dogged delving in archives around the world, Dr Tom Roberts has helped journalists, broadcasters and publishers with dozens of projects. 

Tom is also a successful author in his own right. His first book BEFORE RUPERT: KEITH MURDOCH AND THE BIRTH OF A DYNASTY, published by UQP, won the 2017 NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY AWARD, Australia's richest prize for life writing. The judges commented:

Before Rupert is deeply scholarly yet utterly accessible and enticing ... Roberts has crafted a masterful biography, full of remarkable insights.

Co-written with Peter Oborne, HOW TRUMP THINKS: HIS TWEETS AND THE BIRTH OF A NEW POLITICAL LANGUAGE, was published by Head of Zeus in May 2017.

Tom's next work, THE MAKING OF MURDOCH, was published by Bloomsbury/IB Tauris in January 2020.

Tom is currently researching a biography of the writer JAMES POPE-HENNESSY, to be published by Hodder & Stoughton/Zuleika in 2021.


Murdoch Begins The Irish Times

Windsor & Murdoch The Independent

Murdoch Empire The New York Times

Book of the Day The Guardian

Trump's Tweets Evening Standard

Lethal Weapon The Daily Mail 

The Murdochs The Guardian

Late Night Live ABC Radio National 

Media Dynasty The Independent

Biography Award Sydney Morning Herald 

GALLIPOLI: When Murdoch Went to War    BBC TWO / The History Channel / SBS

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