Shankari Chandran was raised in Canberra, Australia. She spent a decade in London, working as a lawyer in the social justice field. She eventually returned home to Australia, where she now lives with her husband, four children and their cavoodle puppy, Benji.

When she can see the funny side of parenting, she writes for Mamamia.com.au. Her stories about motherhood, multi-culturalism and the perils of returning home are captured on her blog

In January 2017, she published her first book with Perera-Hussein, called Song of the Sun God. Her second book, titled The Barrier, was published by Pan Macmillan Australia in June 2017.

Shankari is now researching her third book, a work of fiction also set in Sri Lanka, because she can’t leave the place alone. She writes every day, with Benji at her feet. Benji’s nom de plume is Ben-Jazz

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