Candy Gourlay was born in the Philippines, grew up under a dictatorship and met her husband during a revolution. Her books have been listed for many prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. Her first novel Tall Story won the National Children’s Book Award of the Philippines and was chosen in the ‘100 Best Books of the Last 100 Years’ by BookTrust, the UK’s largest literacy organisation. When she’s not writing novels, Candy loves drawing comics and fighting the snails in her garden.