Janine Burke is an art historian, biographer, novelist and freelance curator.Between 1977 and 1982 she lectured in art history at the Victorian College of the Arts. Subsequently, she has been a fulltime writer and independent scholar. Currently, Dr Burke is a research fellow of Monash University in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies. In 1987, she won the Victorian Premier's Award for fiction for her novel Second Sight. Her next novel, Company of Images was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year award and the Miles Franklin Award. She has written a groundbreaking series of books on the Heide circle, including Joy Hester, Australian Gothic: A Life of Albert Tucker which was shortlisted for the 2002 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and The Heart Garden: Sunday Reed and Heide. The Gods of Freud: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection, shortlisted for the 2007 NSW Premier's award for non-fiction, is the internationally acclaimed survey of Freud's personal collection.