'Susanna de Vries is an international author and former lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology. She writes full time and lectures in public libraries and to branches of , the Australian Fine and Decorative Art Society (ADFAS).
Of Anglo-Irish extraction Susanna's biological father was a distinguished author. Adopted at birth and raised by loving adoptive parents, whose London home was bombed during World War 2, Susanna spent years living with relatives or in hotels. Reading everything she could find became her refuge and comfort.
She attended boarding school at Ascot and then went to study at the Sorbonne University in Paris and won a scholarship to study Art History in Madrid. She speaks fluent Spanish and French and has lived and worked in London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Florence, Barcelona and Sydney but now (2011) lives in Brisbane.' Source: www.susannadevries.com/ (Sighted 07/02/2011)
Desert Queen : The Many Lives and Loves of Daisy Bates2008single work biography "Born into modest circumstances in Ireland in 1859 and orphaned by the age of six, Daisy Bates' prospects were dim. But through strength of will she pulled herself up to become governess, wife, mother, journalist, intrepid traveller and one of Australia's most controversial ethnographers. The mistress of reinvention, once in Australia, Daisy was able to pass herself off as a member of the aristocracy. Marriage followed - first to the young Breaker Morant, then bigamously to two other husbands. But her lack of convention went deeper than her private life; at a time when white Australia mostly turned its back on indigenous Australians, Daisy set out to study desert Aborigines and document their culture. She would eventually spend 16 years living in a tent in outback Australia tending and documenting desert tribes."--Provided by publisher.