Tony Evans migrated to Australia from England in 1961 and joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, working as a presenter, reporter, writer and producer for television and radio. During this time, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. In 1989, he left the ABC to concentrate on freelance writing. His first book, The Conscious Stone, a biography of John Cyril Hawes, won Western Australia's premier literary award for non-fiction in 1985. Fanatic Heart, his 1997 biography of John Boyle O'Reilly, was shortlisted for the National Biography Award.
"The story of C. Y. O'Connor has the mysterious logic of a classic tragedy - knowing the plot never quite prepares you for the inevitable spilling of blood. West Australian;... the definitive biography... Australian; Congratulations to Tony Evans on a substantial contribution to the writing of Australian history... there is unlikely to be a better biography of C. Y. O'Connor. Kim Beazley