Christine Piper's short fiction has been published in Seizure, SWAMP and Things That Are Found In Trees and Other Stories. She was the 2013 Alice Hayes writing fellow at Ragdale in the United States. She has studied creative writing at Macquarie University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Technology, Sydney, where she wrote a version of this novel as part of her doctoral degree. She has also worked as a magazine editor and writer for more than a decade. Born in South Korea in 1979 to an Australian father and a Japanese mother, she moved to Australia when she was one. She has previously taught English and studied Japanese in Japan, and currently lives in New York with her husband. Christine is also the 2014 recipient of the ABR Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay. After Darkness, her first novel, is the winner of The Australian/Vogel's Literary Prize 2014.
Christine has selected her five most influential book in the order that she read them.
When I was young, my parents bought me this illustrated book of Australian poems for children. I loved it. I memorised every single poem and pored over the modern, colourful illustrations. My parents probably bought it for me because I showed an early interest in reading, and having this collection certainly cemented my love of language.
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