Lucy Christopher - winner in 2010 with Stolen
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?
The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.
Lucy was born in Wales but grew up in Australia, living in Melbourne from aged 9 until the end of her Undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. After various attempts at being an actor, a barista, a waitress and a nature guide, she moved back to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. She is currently undertaking a PhD with Bath Spa University to explore the ways that Australian literature represents wild places, particularly in its writing for young adults.