Anna Funder was born in Melbourne in 1966 and grew up there and in Paris. She has worked as an international lawyer and a radio and television producer. In 1997 she was writer-in-residence at the Australia Centre in Potsdam. Stasiland – which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and in Australia for The Age Book of the Year and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards for non-fiction – is her first book. She lives in Sydney with her husband and daughter.