& Biographer


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.

His latest book, 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, will be published by Bloomsbury/IB Tauris in 2020.

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


Murdoch Empire The New York Times

Book of the Day Guardian

Trump's Tweets Evening Standard

Lethal Weapon The Daily Mail 

The Murdochs Guardian

Late Night Live ABC RN 

Media Dynasty Independent

Biography Award Sydney Morning Herald

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

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