Paul Sinclair grew up near the Murray River at Kerang, in northern Victoria. He has published widely on Australia's environmental history, and has worked in collaboration with Mandy Martin and the late John Davis, two of Australia's leading environmental artists. As part of the research for The Murray, Paul and his partner Jen Hocking paddled a canoe 1330 kilometres along the Murray, talking to people and getting to know the intricacies of the river. Paul worked at the 900,000-hectare Bookmark Biosphere Reserve in the South Australian Riverland from 1999 to 2001. He is now a research fellow at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne.