Gavin Souter AO was born in Sydney. He joined The Sydney Morning Herald as a journalist in 1947 and worked there for 40 years, serving as a correspondent in New York and London and later as an Assistant Editor. He is the author of twelve works of non-fiction, including New Guinea (1963); A Peculiar People (1968), which won the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies award; Lion & Kangaroo (1976), which won the Colin Roderick Award; Company of Heralds (1981), which also won the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies award; and Heralds and Angels (1992), which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Gavin was Vice President of the Australian Society of Authors between 1975 and 1978 and Deputy Chair of the Commonwealth Films Board of Review between 1981 and 1984. In 1960, he won the W.G. Walkley Award for Australian Journalism; in 1988 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), and raised to Officer level (AO) in 1995; and in 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal. He lives in Sydney.