Lily Brett was born in Germany and came to Melbourne with her parents in 1948. She is one of Australia's most loved, prolific and successful authors. She has published six works of fiction, seven books of poetry, and three essay collections to much critical acclaim in Australia and around the world. Her novel Lola Bensky won France's Prix Médicis Étranger in 2014. Lily Brett is married to the Australian painter David Rankin. They have three children and live in New York.