Shankari Chandran was raised in Canberra, Australia. She spent a decade in London, working as a lawyer in the social justice field. She eventually returned home to Australia, where she now lives with her husband, four children and their cavoodle puppy.
The Barrier is her second novel. Her first novel, The Song of the Sun God explores the recent history of Sri Lanka. She is currently working on her third book, also set there.