Beverley Farmer was born in Melbourne in 1941. After graduating from the University of Melbourne she worked in the restaurant trade and taught English and French in secondary schools. In 1965 she married a Greek migrant and they went to live, for three years, under the Junta in his parents’ village on the Macedonian plain north of Thessaloniki. While there she wrote her first book, Alone. Several of the stories in the collections Milk and Home Time draw on her experiences of Greece, as does the novel The House in the Light. For many years she lived on the Victorian coast, the setting for A Body of Water: A Year’s Notebook and the novel The Seal Woman. She has also published a collection of essays on the life of the body and the life of the mind, The Bone House.