Barbara Harahan was born and grew up in Adelaide, and was living there at the time of her death in 1991. A leading printmaker as well as novelist, she went to London in the early 1960s to study at the Central School of Art, and taught in art schools both in England and Australia. She had many one-woman exhibitions and her work appears in the Australian National Gallery and most state galleries. The Scent of Eucalyptus, originally published in 1973, was her first book and Michael and Me and the Sun, published posthumously by UQP in 1992, was her last. Altogether, Barbara Hanrahan published thirteen novels and two collections of stories, including Iris in Her Garden, eight stories accompanied by twenty-three of her relief etchings.