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Tangea Tansley was born in what was then southern Rhodesia and grew up in East Africa. She graduated with first-class honours in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia and stopped roaming for long enough to do a doctorate in cross-cultural literature at Murdoch University. She wrote her first story ‘The King’s Cabbages’ at the age of eight and had her first short story published when she was twenty. Currently based in Perth she is the author of several books including the historical novel A Break in the Chain, the memoir Our Grand Design, the self-help guide For Women Who Grieve and ghost for the biography Heytesbury Stud. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have been published, broadcast and anthologised in Africa, Asia and Australia. She is joint-winner of the 2013 Todhunter Literary Award; her novel and other short stories have been long-listed, shortlisted, highly commended in national awards.