"one of the most important writers of the beginning of this century"
(Gérard Collard, books commentator on France TV)
Karen Viggers is the author of four novels: The Stranding, The Lightkeeper’s Wife, The Grass Castle and The Orchardist’s Daughter. She writes contemporary realist 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 empowerment at the end of life, domestic violence (both physical and psychological), whale rescue, kangaroo culling, scientific research on animals and logging of native forests.
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, Spanish, Dutch, Romanian and Croatian. Her work has enjoyed great success in France, selling more than 800,000 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 and was also short-listed for the Livre de Poche Readers Prize. The Stranding (La Maison des hautes falaises).
Karen was a Bundanon Trust Artist-In-Residence in 2018, and 2019.