Darleen Bungey is a multiple award-winning author. Her first book, Arthur Boyd: A Life, was the 2008 Australian Book Industry Association's Biography of the Year and was joint winner of the FAW Melbourne University Publishing Award in the 2007 National Literary Awards. It was also shortlisted for the 2008 Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2009 Dobbie Literary Award. Her second book, John Olsen: An Artist's Life, won the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards and the 2015 Nib Literary Award. Daddy Cool is her third book.