Marion Frith is a former journalist, communications specialist and speechwriter. She has worked for major Australian newspapers and the ABC, in Canberra, Sydney and London. As a journalist she was based for many years in the Canberra Press Gallery and as a speechwriter wrote for senior Cabinet ministers. Every dollar she has ever earned in a long career has been through writing. But finally she decided to abandon the pursuit of facts … and spin … and turned instead to pure fiction, and the joy of making it all up. Here in the After is her first novel. She lives in Sydney.