Peter Thompson, born in Melbourne, joined the London Daily Mirror in 1966. He was a Fleet Street journalist for twenty years, rising to night editor and deputy editor of the Daily Mirror, editor of the Sunday Mirror and a director of Mirror Group Newspapers. In 1988 Thompson was the first Mirror Group editor to break ranks and expose the criminality of his former boss Robert Maxwell. Thompson’s first book, Maxwell: A Portrait of Power, written with former Mirrorman and fellow Australian Anthony Delano, detailed the publishing tycoon’s rise to power through acts of fraud, deception and dishonesty. Thompson is the author of the wartime trilogy Pacific Fury, Anzac Fury and Shanghai Fury. With Robert Macklin, he also wrote The Big Fella: The Rise and Rise of BHP Billiton which won the Blake Dawson prize for Business Literature.