Anita Augustin was born in Klagenfurt, Austria. She studied philosophy and drama at the University of Vienna and qualified as a barkeeper before embarking on a PhD. Her dissertation (2001) was on Gehorsam und Vergnügen: die Entwicklung des englischen Melodramas aus der französischen Revolution. She has worked in New York and London and is now based in Berlin as a freelance dramaturg. In 2007 she was joint winner of the Lise Meitner Literature Prize for short prose. Her debut novel, Der Zwerg reinigt den Kittel (2012) sold over 25,000 copies. Foreign rights have been sold to the Netherlands. Augustin’s second novel, Alles Amok, appeared in 2014.