Lily Brett was born in Germany and came to Melbourne with her parents in 1948. She is one of Australia's most loved, prolific and successful authors. She has published six works of fiction, nine books of poetry and four essay collections to much critical acclaim in Australia and around the world. She was awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for her novel Too Many Men, and France's Prix Médicis Étranger for Lola Bensky. Lily Brett is married to the Australian painter David Rankin. They have three children and live in New York.