CLAIRE CAMERON was born in 1973 and grew up in Toronto. She studied history at Queen’s Universityand then worked as an instructor for Outward Bound, teaching mountaineering, climbing and whitewaterrafting in Oregon. Moving to London in 1999, she founded Shift Media, a consultancy withclients including the BBC, McGraw-Hill and Oxford University Press. Claire now lives in Toronto withher husband and son. The Line Painter is her first novel.