The second wife of Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, she is also an award-winning fiction writer. Her notable works include Turtle Beach; The Young Lion; On Longing; and Winter in Jerusalem.
After briefly attending the University of Sydney, she found work at The Daily Mirror.
Her 1981 work, Turtle Beach, won The Age Novel of the Year Award in 1982.
She had a son named Louis with her first husband, Tony Pratt.
Following a highly publicized affair, she and Bob Hawke married in 1995.