Deborah Robertson was born in Bridgetown, Western Australia. Her short story collection Proudflesh won the Steele Rudd Award in 1998. Her first novel, Careless, won the 2006 Colin Roderick Award and the 2007 Nita B. Kibble Award. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize and shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and the Miles Franklin Award. Her latest novel, Sweet Old World, was published by Vintage in 2012. She lives in Melbourne.