More About the Author
Christina Koning was born in Kuala Belait, Borneo, and grew up in Venezuela and Jamaica.
After coming to England, she was educated at the University of Cambridge, Newcastle College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, eventually settling in south east London.
Her first novel, 'A Mild Suicide' (Methuen, 1992), set in Edinburgh during 1977, was short-listed for the David Higham Prize for Fiction.
'Undiscovered Country' (Viking, 1997), won the Encore Award for the best second novel and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Set in 1950s Venezuela, the novel explored aspects of colonialism - a theme dealt with elsewhere in Koning's fiction, notably in 'Fabulous Time' (Viking, 2000), which is partly set in China during the 1911 revolution and was awarded a Society of Authors' Travelling Scholarship, and 'The Dark Tower' (Arbuthnot, 2010), set in South Africa during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
More recent novels include 'Variable Stars' (Arbuthnot, 2011), about the 18th-century astronomer Caroline Herschel, and 'Line of Sight' (Arbuthnot, 2014), the first in a series of detective stories set during the 1920s, and with a First World War background.
'Game of Chance' - to be published by Arbuthnot Books in summer 2015 - will be the second novel in the series.
Koning has had stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and has also appeared as a critic on the station's Woman's Hour programme. Her story, 'A Worm in the Rain' was short-listed for the Bridport Prize in 2012. She has also published a collection of short stories (Hearst, 2013).
She has worked as a travel writer and book reviewer for The Times, The Guardian and a number of other national newspapers. She was Books Editor of Cosmopolitan for six years, and has taught creative writing at Kellogg College, University of Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London.
She is currently the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge.
She has two grown-up children and now lives in Cambridge.