Gail Bell was born in Sydney, is a graduate in pharmacy and education from the University of Sydney, and has worked in Australia and England. Her travel writing, book reviews, critical essays and long-form journalism have won acclaim and prizes. She is the author of two books, The Poison Principle, and Being Shot, and a Quarterly Essay `The Worried Well'. She lives on the NSW Central Coast.
'Miraculously well written, compellingly readable ... a book of rare distinction.' The Times '[Bell's] solution to the mystery was - and is - a triumph of perseverance ... enthralling.' The Guardian '[The Poison Principle] ... measures out, in small loving spoonfuls, grains of information about [a] family story ... Between the quiet drip feed of her personal memoir, Bell mixes in stronger flavors: ingredients from criminology and psychology, botany and chemistry.' The New York Times 'A gift of a story and Bell tells it to near perfection.' The Age 'An elegantly written memoir about her search for the truth behind her family's darkest secret ... a fine thriller, a richly detailed pharmacopoeia and a splendid dissertation on references to poison in literature.' The Sydney Morning Herald