Chris Barker has been an educator in schools and universities in the UK and Australia. He has published seven non-fiction books including Cultural Studies: Theory and Practise and The Hearts of Men. He writes fiction between stints in the garden, where he grows vegetables and looks after chickens. He has written an unpublished novel and is about to complete a second novel which, being better than the first, he hopes to get published. He has received a writings scholarship from Varuna House writing centre and completed the Faber Academy writing 'Writing a novel' course.