Jessie Cole grew up in an isolated valley in northern New South Wales and lived a bush childhood of creek swimming and barefoot free-range adventuring. Her first novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal and longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award. Her second novel, Deeper Water, was released in 2014 to much critical acclaim. Her new memoir, Staying, is about the importance of home, family and forgiveness – and finding peace in a place of pain. Tim Winton described Staying as “a wounded, lovely, luminous book about grief, trauma and the strange healing potential of words”. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-fiction.