Blanche d'Alpuget grew up in Sydney, an only child. Her father wanted Blanche to become a marine biologist and find in the sea a new source of food for humanity. (At the time it seemed an over-populated world was doomed to starvation.) This dream collapsed in a d'Alpuget family drama. Blanche left university after a few months and became a cadet journalist. On her 21st birthday she sailed to England and traveled for the next nine years, spending most time in Indonesia. By her return, Blanche was married and had a baby son. They lived in Canberra. As Blanche wanted to stay close to her son and knew she had a wealth of exotic anecdotes, rather than taking a newspaper job Blanche decided to try her hand at writing. Her husband generously supported her.