Martin Edmond was born in Ohakune and grew up in small North Island towns. After university study, and seven years touring internationally with Red Mole theatre, he moved to Sydney, where he continues to live and write. In 2013 he received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Non-Fiction; and in 2015 was awarded the Michael King Writer's Fellowship. This book is the outcome of that fellowship. Also by Martin Edmond: The Dreaming Land (BWB, 2015); Barefoot Years (BWB, 2014); Dark Night: Walking with McCahon (AUP, 2011); Waimarino County (AUP, 2007); Chronicle of the Unsung (AUP, 2004); The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont (AUP, 1999).