Jessica Anderson was born in Queensland in 1916 and began writing novels at the age of 40. Since then she has received many awards for her work. Twice she has won the prestigious Miles Franklin award, for Tirra Lirra By the River in 1978 and for The Impersonators in 1980. The Impersonators also won the New South Wales Premier's Award in 1981. In addition to writing seven novels (the most recent of which is One of the Wattle Birds), her collection of short stories, Stories From the Warm Zone, won the Age Book of the Year Award in 1987.