Adrian Tame


Adrian Tame has worked as a writer and broadcaster for the past 50 years, the majority of them as a journalist in Australia, the UK (including Fleet Street), North America and Mexico. 

Between 1986 and 1994 Tame worked for Australia’s then largest PR company, International Public Relations, for the last six years as a director and specialist in crisis management.  His assignments included handling the affairs of the Pyramid Building Society after its collapse in the late ‘80s. 

He is the author of four books, including The Matriarch, a best selling true crime biography, Deadlier than the Male, published by Pan Macmillan in 2009, and   MaralingaBritish  A-bomb, Australian Legacy, co-authored with F.P.J. Robotham, and published by Fontana Collins in 1982.  The latter was used extensively by the Royal Commission into the bomb tests.  He has also scripted award winning TV documentaries and a feature film.  

Tame ran his own media company in central Victoria for 20 years and wrote an op-ed page column for The Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun, which ran for 12 years.  He is also a past editor of Inside Canberra, Australia’s oldest newsletter, and was a regular current affairs broadcaster on Melbourne radio station 3AK for six years. 

Adrian’s memoir, The Awful Truth about his time working for the Truth newspaper (or the “Old Whore of La Trobe Street) will be published by S&S in August 2019. The updated and revised edition of his bestseller, The Matriarch, publishes with S&S in July 2019.

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