Author, presenter and facilitator
Suzanne Leal is a lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law. A former legal commentator on ABC Radio, Suzanne is a regular interviewer at Sydney Writers’ Festival and other literary functions. She has been a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and for ‘The Nib’ Waverley Library Award for Literature. The Teacher’s Secret is her second novel.
Curiosity about hidden stories and secret lives drives Suzanne’s writing. It sparked her interest in the lives of her Czech landlords, Fred and Eva Perger, who inspired her first novel, Border Street, commended in the Asher Literary Award. Curiosity, too, prompted Suzanne to explore the intrigues of the schoolyard and bring them to life in her second novel, The Teacher’s Secret.
Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband, David, and her four children, Alex, Dominic, Xavier and Miranda.