Peter Rose grew up in Wangaratta, Victoria, a member of a well-known sporting family associated with the Australian Rules Football club, Collingwood.
Rose himself pursued a different direction, as a poet and publisher. The author of several books of poetry and the winner of various awards, Rose became a well-known figure in publishing, writing and reviewing circles. In 2001, after an early career in publishing, as Oxford University Press's Australia and New Zealand academic publisher, Rose became editor of the Australian Book Review.
For five years Rose was a judge of the Miles Franklin Award. Rose Boys, his first work of non-fiction, is 'a joint fraternal biography, an unsentimental exploration of an intimate world shared by two, very different individuals'.
( Source: Allen & Unwin website)