About the author

Kim Kelly

<p></p><p>Kim Kelly is the author of seven novels exploring Australia and its history, including the acclaimed <em>Wild Chicory</em>, <em>The Blue Mile</em>, and UK Pigeonhole favourite, <em>Paper Daisies</em>. Her stories shine a bright light on some forgotten corners of the past and tell the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.</p><p></p><p>With warmth and lyrical charm, Kim leads her readers into difficult terrain, exploring themes of bigotry, class conflict, disadvantage and violence in our shared history &ndash; issues that resonate through the social and political landscape of Australia and the world today.</p><p></p><p>A widely respected book editor and literary consultant by trade, stories fill her everyday &ndash; most nights, too &ndash; and it&rsquo;s love that fuels her intellectual engine. Love between lovers, friends, strangers; love of country; love of story. In fact, she takes love so seriously she once donated a kidney to her husband to prove it, and also to save his life.</p><p>Originally from Sydney, today Kim lives on a small rural property in central New South Wales just outside the tiny gold-rush village of Millthorpe, where the ghosts are mostly friendly and her grown sons regularly come home to graze.</p>