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Christine Leunens was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to an Italian mother and a Belgian father, and has dual New Zealand/Belgian citizenship. At a young age, she moved to France and became a top international model, the face of Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Nina Ricci, Mercedes Benz and House of Fraser. She has a Master’s Degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. When her first novel, Primordial Soup, published in the UK in 1999, it was described by the Sunday Times as ‘a remarkable debut novel’. An earlier version of Caging Skies has been published in Spanish, Catalan, Italian and French, and the latter edition was shortlisted for the Prix Médicis and the Prix FNAC awards. Taika Waititi’s film adaptation of Caging Skies made the Black List 2012, to be released in 2019, it is a New Zealand, German and American co-production. Her third novel, A Can of Sunshine was published in 2013. Christine and her family now live in New Zealand. See Christine’s website at www.christineleunens.com.