Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1943. He grew up and was educated in Western Australia where he took up journalism with the West Australian in 1961. He was literary editor for the Australian from 1971 to 1974. He won the Walkley Award (Australia's highest such award) for journalism in 1976 and 1981. He currently lives in Sydney.
Some relevant facts about Grace Molloy. Apart from being named after a 100 000-year- old skeleton, she was twenty-nine and for much of the past three years she'd been hiding from an erotomaniac.
Physically and emotionally besieged, Grace attempts to claw back her personal territory by abandoning her inner-city life as a film reviewer and fleeing to the remoteness of the Kimberley - where existence and territory have altogether wider implications. Lying low, working in a wildlife park, she reclaims her sanity amid the crocodile pens and snake cages by visualising herself as a media creation - a woman of mystery; a woman overcoming the odds. Her only links with the outside world are two men: her father, a controversial anthropologist famed for discovering the ancient remains of 'the first modern woman', and her nemesis - her stalker.