Born in 1956, Peter Lucas is a fifth generation Tasmanian, growing up in the north-west coast town of Burnie. He worked as an electrician and a puppeteer in children’s theatre, before studying in New Zealand and teaching and studying at universities in Germany and Tasmania. He has worked for many years as an English teacher and currently lives with his wife in southern Tasmania. On their farm in Franklin they breed Wiltshire horn sheep. He has been writing for about thirty years. The Last Virus is his first published novel.