Dr Bunty Avieson is a journalist, author and academic. She has published three novels, a novella and a travel memoir. Her books have been translated into Japanese, German and Thai, and she is the winner of two Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing. She worked for 20 years as a journalist and feature writer on newspapers and magazines in Australia, Great Britain and Asia. In the 1990s she was editor of Woman’s Day and editorial director of New Idea. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.