How do leaders become legends, and how does a writer expose the person behind the public face? David Marr has explored the lives of controversial politicians, eminent journalists and literary luminaries. Julia Baird revisited the life of a monarch for Victoria: The Queen, Wilson imagined the life of naturalist George Forster, who travelled with Captain Cook, and Troy Bramston wrote a sweeping biography of Paul Keating. David Marr leads a spirited discussion about why there is no such thing as a definitive biography.

Julia Baird (Australian)

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Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author of Victoria: The Queen. She hosts The Drum on ABC TV and writes columns for the The Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar.