Edward Kynaston was an educationist in the UK and Australia before turning to journalism and authorship. For three years he was literary editor of Nation Review. Kynaston worked in publishing and broadcasting; he was a book reviewer for newspapers, weeklies and magazines; and he was the editor of Australian Voices: A Collection of Poetry and Pictures (Penguin, 1974). His wife was a survivor of the fire-bombing of Dresden in WWII and he became fascinated by her life story. He visited East Germany many times and meticulously researched historical documents there and in the UK, as well as gathering oral history for over fifty years. His novel Ordinary Women is based on the life of his wife and her family. Kynaston died in 2002 on his beloved Bruny Island in Tasmania.
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