ELIZABETH ABBOTT is a writer, lecturer, and historian with a special interest in social justice and women's issues, the treatment and lives of animals, and the environment. She has a doctorate from McGill University in 19th century history and is a Senior Research Associate at Trinity College, University of Toronto. She is the author of several books that include her historical relationship trilogy, the best-selling A History of Celibacy, A History of Mistresses and A History of Marriage, which was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Sugar: A Bittersweet History, inspired by her Antiguan heritage, was short-listed for the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Before moving to Toronto in 1991, she lived in Montreal and Port-au-Prince.