Karen Viggers is the author of three novels: The Stranding, The Lightkeeper’s Wife and The Grass Castle. She writes contemporary fiction set in Australian landscapes, and her work explores connection with the bush, grief and loss, healing in nature, death, family, marriage and friendship. Her books tackle contentious issues including choices at the end of life, whale rescue, kangaroo culling and scientific research on animals. Karen is a wildlife veterinarian who has worked and traveled in many remote parts of Australia, from Antarctica to the Kimberley. Her novels are known for their evocative portrayal of Australian people and landscapes.
Karen's books have been translated into French, Italian, Norwegian, Slovenian and Spanish. Her work has enjoyed great success in France, selling more than 400,000 copies to date. The Lightkeeper's Wife (La Memoire de embruns) was on the French National Bestseller list for more than 42 weeks, going as high as No. 3, and in 2016 this book won the Les Petits Mots des Libraires Prix Litteraire for a Discovery Novel (Roman Decouverte) and was also short-listed for the Livre de Poche Readers Prize. The Stranding (La Maison des hautes falaises) has also been released in France by le Livre de Poche, along with The Grass Castle (Le Murmure du vent) by Editions Les Escales.
Karen has recently been awarded a Bundanon Trust Artist-In-Residence position for early 2018.