Margaret Simons is a freelance journalist and author and director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She writes about the media for a number of publications and has published eleven books including The Content Makers and more recently, Malcolm Fraser: the political memoirs, written with the late former prime minister. This won book of the year and best non-fiction book at the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Her most recent book before this one was Self Made Man, a biography of media proprietor Kerry Stokes, which won the history prize in the WA Australian Premier's Literary Awards. In the past Simons has worked for The Age and The Australian newspapers. As a freelancer, she has had work published in dozens of magazines and newspapers in Australia and overseas.
'In Six Square Metres Margaret Simons, queen of the tiny vegetable garden, heartened me with her radiant pragmatism.' - Helen Garner, The Saturday Age;;'[A] considered and meticulously observed book written by an author who is willing to share the tribulations and joys of a blended family, a fast-paced life and the endless smell of French fries. By doing so, she permits us to consider our own plot - in life and in gardening.' - Chris Gordon, Readings;;'Packed with wit, wisdom and the occasional gardening tip.' - Brisbane News;;'It's a testament to Simons' wit and humour that a book on "gardening-related reflections" held my interest so. The vignettes range from musings on life, death and human connections to likening John Howard to a brassica and uncovering the leg of a Barbie doll in the compost. A delightful ode to the rhythm of the seasons and "life continuing in messy fashion no matter what plans we make."' - Shu-Ling Chua, BMA Magazine, 'Top 5 Books of 2015'