Craig Jurisevic was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1965 and is married with three children. He is a cardiothoracic and trauma surgeon and has worked in many conflict zones. These include Israel and Gaza (1992-93), Albania and Kosovo in (1999), and with the Australian Army in East Timor (2006) and Afghanistan (2008). He is a member of the International Humanitarian Law Committee of the Australian Red Cross. Until recently, he worked as a surgeon in Adelaide and was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Robert Hillman is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction and biography. He grew up in rural Victoria but left Australia in his mid-teens to wander the world. His most recent biographies are The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif (2008) written with Najaf Mazari and My Life as a Traitor (2007) written in collaboration with Zarah Ghahramani and published internationally. My Life as a Traitor was a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the 2008 Prime Minister's Literary Award. His memoir of his travels as a teenager, The Boy in the Green Suit, won the 2005 Australian National Biography Award and his novels include such highly-praised works as The Deepest Part of the Lake, The Hour of Disguise, and most recently, Joyful.
'This is an extremely well written book, but not one that is just to be enjoyed - it is brutal and honest; shocking but authentic. There is no other like it.'- David A K Watters, Professor of Surgery, University of Melbourne