Chris Womersley was born in Melbourne in 1968, where he lived for many years. He trained as a radio journalist, but spent his twenties far less profitably - travelling aimlessly around the world, and washing an awful lot of dishes, earning the highly coveted International Kitchenhand of the Year award three years in a row. His travels included stints in India, South-East Asia, South America, North America, and West Africa. He currently works at Fairfax online in Sydney as a sub-editor. Chris has been writing for most of his life, starting his career with a 'Star Wars' sequel - fortunately unpublished and long since lost - in the late 1970s. He studied creative writing at Melbourne's RMIT. His short story 'The Shed' was published in Granta New Writing 14 and reprinted in Best Australian Stories 2006. The Low Road is his first novel and was shortlisted for the 2006 Victorian Premier's Award.