'Alan Attwood emigrated to Australia with his family in 1961. He has worked as an abalone packer, a dishwasher and a mail sorter, but, since 1978, mainly as a journalist. From 1995 to 1998 he was the New York-based correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. ... He was shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel Literary Award with [the unpublished novel] Sinking into Winter in 1990'.