Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, attending Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked for the Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.
In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for the Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. In 1990, with her husband Tony Horwitz, she won the Overseas Press Club Award for best coverage of the Gulf War. The following year, they received a citation for excellence for their series, “War and Peace.” In 2006 Brooks was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.
She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her novels Caleb’s Crossing and People of the Book were New York Times Best Sellers. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, is an an international bestseller, translated into more than twenty-five languages and currently optioned for a major motion picture starring Andrew Lincoln. She is also author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire, Foreign Correspondence and The Idea of Home: Boyer Lectures 2011.
The Secret Chord (2015)
Caleb’s Crossing (2011)
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (2001)
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Geraldine Brooks’s website
“Why Everyone Should Read Geraldine Brooks,” The Guardian, January 27, 2016
“New Take on Old Tale: Novelist Retells King David’s Story,” NPR Interview, October 4, 2015
“Scaffolding for the Imagination,” Littoral, July 10, 2008
Video: Brooks at the 2016 National Book Festival