Candy Gourlay is a former journalist born and raised in the Philippines who wrote about dictators in the Third World. Later, while dealing with dictators of the nappy-clad variety she became a children's author. Candy has won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe twice – for her debut Tall Story in 2011 and for her ghost story Shine in 2014. Tall Story was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for 13 prizes, also winning the Philippines’ National Children’s Book Award. Shine was nominated for the Guardian Fiction Prize.