Paul Daley is an author, short story writer, journalist, essayist and playwright. His most recent book is the political novel, Challenge. He is the author of five non-fiction books, two of which – Beersheba and Canberra – have been finalists in major literary awards including the Prime Minister’s History Prize, the Manning Clark House Cultural Awards, The Nib and ACT Book of the Year. He has won numerous journalism prizes including two Walkley Awards, the Paul Lyneham Award for political journalism and two Kennedy Awards. In 2013 he co-wrote the acclaimed political play, The Hansard Monologues. He writes about Australian history, Indigenous issues and national identity for The Guardian from Canberra where he lives with his wife, Lenore Taylor, and their children.