Emma Gilberthorpe was born in Cyprus and raised in England and Australia. She is a social anthropologist at the University of East Anglia where she works on kinship and resource extraction. Over the past 20 years her work has taken her to Papua New Guinea, Armenia, Guinea, Uganda, Bolivia and Zambia. Her academic works include Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalization (2014) and Development and Industry: A Papua New Guinea Case Study (2009). Emma has also worked on a number of TV shows including The British Tribe Next Door, and made a film called, From the Horse’s Mouth: Perceptions of Development from Papua New Guinea. Her academic interest in kinship, exchange, sociality and exploitation are themes that infiltrate and inform her fiction writing. She lives in Norwich with her husband and daughter.