Stevan Eldred-Grigg won the $35,000 Copyright Licensing Limited scholarship to write this book. He is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and historian. His first novel, Oracles and Miracles, was published in New Zealand in 1987. He has written eight other novels. His histories include A Southern Gentry, A New History of Canterbury, Pleasures of the Flesh, Working People, The Rich and Xin Xilan de Wenxue Lucheng. He has three grown sons.