Ian Townsend is a journalist with the ABC and produces radio documentaries for Radio National’s Background Briefing program. He’s the winner of four Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for science and medical journalism, as well as an Australian Human Rights Award for journalism. His first novel, Affection, describes the 1900 bubonic plague outbreak in Queensland. His second novel The Devil’s Eye, based on cyclone Mahina that struck Cape York in 1899, was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award. Ian is also a post graduate research student in history at the University of Queensland. He lives in Brisbane withhis wife and their three daughters.