Anna Funder’s writing has received numerous accolades and awards. Her essays, feature articles and columns have appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, Ny Tid, Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Science Writing. A sought-after speaker, Anna has toured in many countries. A former DAAD (Berlin), Australia Council, NSW Writing Fellow and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, in 2011 she was named in the ‘Top 100 People of Influence’ by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2011 she was appointed to the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Before turning to writing full-time in the late 1990s, Funder worked as an international lawyer for the Australian Government focusing on human rights, constitutional law, and treaty negotiation. After jettisoning a legal career to write Stasiland, she jobbed for a time as a radio and television documentary producer at the ABC. She grew up in Melbourne and Paris, and lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.