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Geraldine Brooks is an Australian-American journalist and author whose 2005 novel, "March", won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


A native of Sydney, Geraldine Brooks grew up in its inner-west suburb of Ashfield (the Western suburbs of Sydney).

While retaining her Australian passport, she became an American citizen in 2002.

Brooks together with her husband and sons divide their time between homes in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Sydney, Australia.


She attended the all-girls' Bethlehem College and the University of Sydney, got the Bachelor of Arts. She also won a Greg Shackleton Memorial Scholarship.


She worked as a reporter 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.

She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel "March". Her first novel, "Year of Wonders", is an international bestseller, and "People of the Book" is a New York Times bestseller translated into 20 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works "Nine Parts of Desire" and "Foreign Correspondence".


  • Pulitzer Prize for March, 2006

  • Australian Publishers Association's Literary Fiction Book of the Year for People of the Book, 2008

  • Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, 2009


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    • Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women. 1994

    • Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over. 1997

    • Year of Wonders. 2001

    • March. 2005

    • People of the Book. 2008

    • Caleb's Crossing. 2011

    • Boyer Lectures 2011: The Idea of Home (or "At Home in the World"). 2011


Tony Horwitz - Australia - journalist

Brooks married author Tony Horwitz in Tourette-sur-Loup, France, in 1984.