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Peter FitzSimons


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One of Australia’s best-loved writers, Peter FitzSimons brings us insights from new book, A Simpler Time. As one of six kids growing up on a farm near Sydney in the 1960s, he has different take on our modern world. First and foremost this is a tribute to family, a salute to generations past. They were times when praise was understated but love unstinting, when work was hard but people stood by each other in adversity.

Join us at the Wheeler Centre for this special event as the author of the best-selling history books Kokoda and Tobruk, shares his own family story with a dash of his characteristic humour and wit.

Interviewed by Angela Pippos.


Angela Pippos

Angela is an award-winning journalist, presenter, documentary-maker, author and MC. Her most recent documentary, The Record, follows Australia’s dramatic Women’s T20 World Cup campaign and the audacious bid to fill the MCG for the final on International Women’s Day 2020. The two-part documenta... Read more

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is a former Wallaby and journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He has interviewed everyone from President George Bush Snr to Sir Edmund Hillary to every Australian Prime Minister since Gough Whitlam. He is also a popular after-dinner speaker and the only Wallaby s... Read more


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