Born in the UK, with an Australian father in the RAF and an English mother, Virginia Duigan went to seven schools in both countries. The Biographer (Vintage 2008) is her second novel. She is also the author of Days Like These (Vintage 2001) and the screenplay of the 1998 movie The Leading Man, starring Jon Bon Jovi, Thandie Newton and Barry Humphries.
Before becoming a novelist, Duigan was a freelance writer and journalist. In Australia she was a regular feature writer and later Literary Editor on The National Times, and contributed to The Bulletin, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Cinema Papers. IN London she worked for The Observer and The Times. At different times she has been a theatre, book, film and restaurant reviewer, and an ABC TV and radio broadcaster, editor and scriptwriter.
Duigan was an interviewer on a weekly arts and current affairs programme for ABC television, where she also wrote eight hours of drama, including two children’s book adaptations and the science fiction series Andra. She has been a book and script editor, and a feature film script assessor for the Australian Film Commission. She lives in Sydney and London.