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 is the senior judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 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 The Teacher’s Secret.
Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband, David, and her four children, Alex, Dominic, Xavier and Miranda. She is a fluent French and German speaker.