Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. She was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and lived in London for many years, but has now returned to Australia. Her distinctive writing has gained her critical acclaim in France, where she’s been described as a “female Jack Kerouac“. The French literary magazine Lire has included her in a list of what it called the fifty most important writers in the world – those it believes will have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century. Her best-known work is the 2003 novel The Bride Stripped Bare, an explicit exploration of female sexuality. Gemmell pens a weekly column for The Australian newspaper. She also writes novels for children – the Kensington Reptilarium series for 9 to 13 year olds, and the Coco Banjo series for slightly younger readers. Four books by Gemmell, Shiver, Cleave, The Bride Stripped Bare and The Book of Rapture, made the longlist of “Favourite Australian Novels” as chosen by readers of the Australian Book Review.