Kelly Gardiner writes historical fiction for readers of all ages. Her latest novel is 1917: Australia’s Great War, recently shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards Young People's History Prize and the Asher Award. Kelly’s previous books include the young adult novels Act of Faith and The Sultan’s Eyes, both of which were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and Goddess, a novel for adults based on the life of the seventeenth-century French swordswoman,
cross-dresser and opera singer Mademoiselle de Maupin. She teaches writing at La Trobe University. Kelly is also the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast about women and writing.