This is Laurence Fearnley's fifth novel and her fourth for Penguin. The others have been Delphine's Run, Butler's Ringlet and Degrees of Separation. Laurence is regarded as one of the best young writers ever to go through the Bill Manhire creative writing MA course at Victoria University. Her first novel, Room, was shortlisted for the Montana Award. She was awarded a 2004 Artists to Antarctica Fellowship. She is the 2007 Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University.