Kathy Marks is a Sydney-based journalist and author who is The Independent’s Asia-Pacific correspondent, covering Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and the South Pacific. Her work also appears in the Christian Science Monitor, New Zealand Herald, Sunday Herald (Glasgow) and National (Abu Dhabi), and she contributes to Australia’s leading literary quarterly, the Griffith Review. Born in Manchester, Marks studied languages and worked for Reuters and British national newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, before moving to Australia in 1999. She has reported from more than 20 countries, among them East Timor, the Philippines, Cambodia, Germany and the U.S., and has covered major stories in the Asia-Pacific including the Bali bombings, the civil war in Indonesia’s Aceh province and the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Her book "Lost Paradise", about the Pitcairn Island child abuse case, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009.