Author Archives: David Leser

Lady Fairfax: Portrait of a Society Queen

Twenty-six years ago Lady (Mary) Fairfax granted me one of the few interviews she ever did to discuss her purported role in the then decimation of Fairfax, the oldest media company in the world. Following her death this week her story bears repeating. It is one for the ages.

After Dark

All of us as journalists are grappling with new ways to tell our stories and this is arguably one of the most exciting acts of reinvention to date: Stories for the Stage … everything from comedy and culture to crime and politics; from the back blocks of Brisbane and highlands of Papua New Guinea, to …

The Power of the Introvert

Many introverts don’t know this but they are often the most powerful people in the room. Through their silences, their non verbal cues and their comfort in their own company they are able to draw others in with a quiet and irresistible magnetism JONES MAGAZINE INTROVERT STORY

Midnight Oil

Forty three years ago I applied to be the lead singer of Midnight Oil. Needless to say I didn’t get the job, despite singing Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath completely in tune. They gave the job to the other guy because he could actually dance and sing. Today, however, after more than four decades of heroic …

Meryl Streep

Donald Trump’s sensitive ego is a boundless force of nature. The President-elect has hit back at Meryl Streep for having the temerity to criticise him at the Golden Globes, describing Streep as an “over-rated actress” and flunky of Hillary Clinton’s. A few years ago I had the pleasure and privilege of profiling Meryl Streep for the Australian …

The Loneliness of Men

The ABC’s sensational three-part series on Australian masculinity, Man Up, finished last week. It is compulsory viewing for men everywhere. Actually make that men, women and children. Here’s a story I wrote on the “Loneliness of Men” which goes to many of the issues explored in the ground-breaking ABC series.

Richard Neville

Richard Neville died last night after a long illness. He will be hugely missed – for all his shining intelligence, rapier wit and generosity of spirit. Five years ago, on the publication of his daughter Lucy’s memoir, Oh Mexico!, I interviewed father and daughter for the Australian Women’s Weekly. Here’s the story in full. Thank you …

The Medicine Man

Latest article published in Good Weekend about Marcus Blackmore, Chairman of the largest nutraceutical empire in the Southern Hemisphere. How is it that The Medicine Man attracts so much hostility from orthodox practitioners? It didn’t take me long to discover why. There are still doctors in this world – perhaps well-meaning – who believe that …