Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios is a lapsed archaeologist who grew up in Melbourne before travelling and working in the Mediterranean and Middle East. She holds a PhD in art history and cultural economics and lectures at the University of Melbourne. Meaghan has written for academic publications and in the popular press, and her media experience on radio and TV includes involvement with a Four Corners program for ABC TV that looked at questionable practices in the Australian art auction market and the Aboriginal art trade.
Meaghan has worked at major public institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria and Artbank, and held management-level positions at commercial art businesses, including Leonard Joel Australia. During that time she qualified as an art valuer for the Australian Government under the Cultural Gifts Program.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Meaghan is a scriptwriter and researcher for film and TV. As a scriptwriter she is an accredited member of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). She has written and researched several series for Australian television, including Shane Delia’s Spice Journey: Turkey and Gourmet Farmer Afloat.
Meaghan’s first novel was an adaptation of the script for Russell Crowe’s historical war drama feature, The Water Diviner (the multi-award winning film, the script for which was written by Meaghan’s husband Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight). The novel was published by Pan Macmillan in 2014 and sold over 40,000 copies in Australia.
Meaghan lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, their two children, a dog, a cat, two chickens and a multitude of tropical fish. Although she seems to have stalled on ‘A’ in the careers handbook (archaeologist, art expert, auctioneer, academic), now she has worked her way to ‘author’ she plans to stay put. The Honourable Thief is her second novel – but in a sense her debut as an original novelist.