Gay, Malaysian-born, female – Penny Wong is an unlikely hero of the Australian Labor Party. But her sharp mind, fierce integrity and political acumen has seen the Senator from South Australia rise through Labor ranks, and achieve a national popularity that transcends partisan loyalty. For this first major biography, Margaret Simons spoke to Penny’s inner circles – and scored interviews with the elusive politician herself – to deliver a fascinating and comprehensive account of the life and times of the enigmatic Senator Wong.
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Margaret Simons is an award-winning journalist and the author of thirteen books. She won the 2015 Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism and has been honoured with several Quill Awards for journalistic excellence. Her latest book is a biography of Penny Wong, Penny Wong: Passion and Principle.
Tory Shepherd is a senior columnist and State Editor at The Advertiser. Her first book, On Freedom, was published last June.