Olga Tokarczuk, born 1962, is one of the most highly regarded Polish contemporary writers, best known for her novels Primeval and Other Times (1996), House of Day, House of Night (1998), Runners (2008) and Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead (2009). She has won several literary awards, including the prestigious Polish NIKE prize. Educated as a psychologist, and formerly a practising therapist, Tokarczuk takes literary inspiration from C.G. Jung. She is a member of the Polish Green Party and holds refreshingly modern views on Polish traditional conceptions of national identity.