Peter Fitzsimons is a journalist and author of international renown who has interviewed dignitaries President George Bush to Mother Theresa to Diego Maradona. A former rugby star, he broke into the Wallabies under the coaching of Alan Jones in 1984, before leaving for five years to live, play and write in Italy and France. On his return to Australia he regained his position in the Wallabies and went on to play seven Tests.
Having joined the Sydney Morning Herald full-time in 1989, he is now one of their most popular columnists, and is also a regular contributor to the International Herald Tribune and London Daily Telegraph. He regularly appears on Channel Nine's Today Show, and is a mainstay of Foxtel's show, The Back Page. In October of 2003 he was featured on This Is Your Life.
In his writing career to date he has written fourteen books, including the hugely popular biographies of Nick Farr-Jones, John Eales, Kim Beazley, Nene King and Nancy Wake. In 2001 he was Australia's highest-selling non-fiction author, and in 2004 his book, on the Kokoda Track, was published.
Peter has been one of Australia's busiest after-dinner speakers over the last ten years, and brings a wealth of sporting, media and world experience to every presentation.