Christopher Kremmer grew up in the multicultural environment of Sydney's inner western suburbs. He left home at the age of seventeen to study in Canberra, completing an Arts degree before taking up work as a journalist in various parts of Australia. He stayed for a while in London, where he wrote comedy sketches for the Canal Cafe Theatre's Newsrevue cabaret, then spent time in Asia, living for over a decade in New Delhi and Hanoi, then working in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Iraq. During this time he wrote Stalking the Elephant Kings, an award-winning account of the communist revolution in Indo-China, and The Carpet Wars.
Returning to Australia he settled in Berrima, NSW. In 2003 he published Bamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos. He lectures on Asian topics and writes for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.
The Carpet Wars2002single work prose travel 'A travel memoir, The Carpet Wars offers a personal, vivid, and revealing look at Islam's human face, wracked by turmoil but sustained by friendship, industry, and humor. It is also a historical snapshot of countries at the center of global confrontation that exploded onto the homefront on September 11, 2001.' [book cover]