Maryrose Cuskelly is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. She has
lived in Melbourne for many years, but she was born in Queensland,
where, in the early 1970s, there were several high-profile child
abductions and murders. The disappearance of Mackay schoolgirl
Marilyn Wallman, in particular, made a lasting impression on her.
In 2016, Maryrose was awarded the New England Thunderbolt Prize for
Crime Writing (non-fiction) for her essay 'Well Before Dark' about
Marilyn's disappearance and the way it percolated through her own
childhood and later life. The Cane returns to some of the
themes and preoccupations of that essay.
In 2019, Maryrose's book Wedderburn: A true tale of blood and dust (Allen & Unwin, 2018) was longlisted for Best Debut and Best True Crime in the 2019 Davitt Awards. She is also the author of Original Skin: Exploring the marvels of the human hide (Scribe, 2010) and The End of Charity: Time for social enterprise (with Nic Frances, Allen & Unwin, 2008), which was the winner of the Iremonger Award.