Nicola Crichton-Brown is the granddaughter of Samuel Wynn, one of Australia's most famous winemakers. She was born and educated in London where she obtained a degree in comparative law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Practising in the city for nine years as a solicitor specialising in marine and commercial litigation, she subsequently attained a Graduate Diploma in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and then embarked on a career in fundraising, notably at the Royal College of Art. Eager to develop her links with Australia, the author became a UK distributor for several Australian fashion and skincare brands before meeting her husband and settling with him and their daughter on their property, Deltroit, near Gundagai in New South Wales. Her book is entitled Deltroit and the Valley of Hillas Creek: A Social and Environmental History.