Grace Tame says wolves on memoir cover are Kerry Stokes, Rupert Murdoch and Peter Costello


Grace Tame explains the meaning of three wolves snarling at her face on the cover art of her memoir as part of a complicated design she drew with a $1 Woolworths pen

  • Grace Tame hints the wolves on her new book cover refer to media bosses
  • Kerry Stokes, Rupert Murdoch, and Peter Costello hinted at being the ‘wolves’
  • Ms Tame has always been vocal about ‘bias’ of the Australian media landscape 

Grace Tame has hinted the wolves on the cover of her upcoming memoir represented three media bosses she’s clashed with.

Ms Tame, an activist and 2021 Australian of the Year, previewed the cover of her book on her social media last week ahead of its September 27 launch.

She revealed she illustrated the cover herself, using a $1 ballpoint pen from Woolworths.

On the bottom left of the complex design are three wolves, two snarling towards her face and one bowing its head to the ground.

Grace Tame hints the wolves on her new book cover refer to media bosses Kerry Stokes, Rupert Murdoch and Peter Costello

Grace Tame hints the wolves on her new book cover refer to media bosses Kerry Stokes, Rupert Murdoch and Peter Costello

Grace Tame has hinted the wolves on the cover of her upcoming memoir represented three media bosses she's clashed with

Grace Tame has hinted the wolves on the cover of her upcoming memoir represented three media bosses she’s clashed with

‘Three guesses who the wolves on my book cover are lol,’ she commented underneath a picture of Kerry Stokes, Rupert Murdoch, and Peter Costello posted on Twitter by Crikey writer Bernard Keane.

The trio’s media empires – Seven West Media, News Corp, and Nine – frequently cover Ms Tame’s activities and she often butts heads with them.

Ms Tame took aim at Mr Murdoch on Twitter in May, criticising News Corp’s coverage of the federal election.

She complained that 59 per cent of Australia’s national and metropolitan print news media was owned by Mr Murdoch, and 23 per cent by Nine.

‘Between these two corporations alone, 82 per cent of the total readership share is subliminally influenced by a right-leaning bias,’ she wrote.

Ms Tame complained that 59 per cent of Australia's national and metropolitan print news media was owned by Mr Murdoch, and 23 per cent by Nine.

Ms Tame complained that 59 per cent of Australia’s national and metropolitan print news media was owned by Mr Murdoch, and 23 per cent by Nine.

Ms Tame previewed the cover of her book on her social media last week ahead of its September 27 launch

Ms Tame previewed the cover of her book on her social media last week ahead of its September 27 launch

‘There’s bad politics, and then there’s blatant abuse. Corruption. 

‘It’s an odd coincidence that the chosen leadership style of a man whose career began in an industry that often benefits from ‘planned obsolescence’ is: wrecking crew politics. That is, failure by design.’

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has even piped up on News Corp’s treatment of Ms Tame, supporting the activist on Twitter after the Courier Mail published an article questioning her criticism of Scott Morrison.

‘There goes Murdoch, trying to bully Grace Tame like they have so many voices for progress over the years,’ he wrote.

‘They whine about ‘cancel culture’ but they will try to cancel anyone who doesn’t share their reactionary worldview. We need more diversity, not less.’

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