Longlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize

Paper Emperors – Sally Young

Nonfiction · NewSouth Publishing

Paper Emperors

About the book

“Young’s book is a seamless historical account which weaves the best of storytelling devices and academic research into a highly readable history.”

– 2020 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Sally Young

Sally Young is professor of political science at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of four previous books on Australian media and politics, including works on political journalism (How Australia Decides, 2011), press photography (Shooting the Picture, with Fay Anderson, 2016) and political advertising (The Persuaders, 2004).

Further Reading


Papers Emperors should be on the reading list for every course on media history and is an essential text for anyone who is curious about the rise, and rise, of the media industry in Australia.” Dr Rachel Franks, Dictionary of Sydney.

“Sally Young opens a pandora’s box into the very real world of crime, politics, strategy, ruthlessness, financial gain, bankruptcy and manipulation that is seldom seen, let alone touted in the papers.” Janet Mawdesley, Blue Wolf Reviews.


Read Professor Sally Young interviewed by Professor Matthew Ricketson on Paper Emperors in Australian Policy & History.

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