Emma Harcourt is an author, researcher and journalist. She began writing historical fiction while completing the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course and now spends all her available hours either researching history or writing about it. As a young adult she travelled to Florence to learn Italian and fell in love with the place. From there she moved to London where she lived for ten years before eventually returning to Australia to raise her son. She's now based in Sydney with her teenage daughters. When she’s not writing or researching history, you’ll find her reading in her garden. Emma is the author of critically lauded, internationally published bestseller, The Shanghai Wife. Her second book, The Brightest Star, is set in Renaissance Florence.