The Earth Below

Dystopia. Romance. Escape.

About Katy Barnett


Katy Barnett lives on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and three children. She was born in Australia, lived in England from the ages of two to four, and then again from the ages of fourteen to eighteen. She completed her secondary schooling in Manchester, England (Withington Girls’ School has probably still not recovered from the experience). She has travelled the world extensively since childhood (including Europe, Asia, North America and parts of Africa).

By day, Katy is a Professor at Melbourne Law School with extensive academic publications in private law. She has been a visiting scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford. Previously, she worked in the courts as a researcher and an associate to judges, and as a solicitor. She practices her storytelling by describing legal cases to students (her PhD thesis featured a gaol break by a notorious double-agent, Elvis Presley’s gold-plated piano and Jimi Hendrix). She has degrees in Law and Arts (Honours in Law, majors in English Literature, History and Medieval Studies in Arts).

By night, Katy writes about dystopian worlds, an interest she has pursued since her mid-teens. She also loves drawing, etching, calligraphy and other creative, crafty activities. For exercise she walks, and tries to keep up with her children.

The Earth Below is Katy’s first foray into fiction, and will be enjoyed by all lovers of dystopian fiction. She is presently working on a sequel.


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