Ian Britain was born in India in 1948. He is a graduate of the Australian National University and Monash and Oxford universities. His books include Fabianism and Culture (1982) and Once An Australian: Journeys with Barry Humphries, Clive James, Germaine Greer and Robert Hughes (1997). He also co-edited (with Brenda Niall) The Oxford Book of Australian Schooldays (1997). He had been editor of Meanjin since 2001.