Geraldine Brooks: Biography

Geraldine Brooks

14 sep 1955

Internationally recognised author Geraldine Brooks started her career as a journalist. Born on 14 Sep, 1955 in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, the Australian born author went to Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney for her studies.

In 1982, by winning the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents Scholarship, Geraldine got placed at the Columbia University in New York to take up master’s programme in Journalism. Geraldine also worked as a reporter for ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.

Geraldine’s first novel, ‘Year of Wonders’ became to be an international best seller and her fans started to look forward for her other works. Her creation titled, ‘People of the Book’ is on the list of New York Times Best Seller and it has been translated into 20 languages. Few of the other books that raised Geraldine’s popularity are her non-fiction works, ‘Nine Parts of Desire’ and ‘Foreign Correspondence’. ‘Nine Parts of Desire’ got more attention since it talked about the religious practices in Middle East and how women in those places were affected by them.

Geraldine Brooks and her author husband Tony Horwitz love spending their time between their two homes; one in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and the other in Sydney, Australia with their two sons. Geraldine was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel, ‘March’. She has also won the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award for ‘Best Newspaper or Wire Service Reporting from Abroad’ in 1990.