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Joan Brady, American writer. National Education Association grantee, 1986; recipient Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, 1995. Member Authors Guild, Society Authors, Phi Beta Kappa.


Brady, Joan was born on December 4, 1939 in San Francisco, California, United States. Arrived in England, 1966. Daughter of Robert Alexander and Mildred Edie Brady.


Bachelor of Science, Columbia University, 1965. Postgraduate, Open University, Milton Keynes, since 1992.


Personal life Born Joan Brady on December 4, 1939 in San Francisco, California to Mildred Edie Brady and Robert A. Brady. She has one sister, Judy. Before becoming an author, she was a dancer with the San Francisco Ballet and the New York City Ballet then went on to study philosophy at Columbia University in New York.

In 1965 they moved to England, and together had a son, Alexander Masters, who authored Stuart: A Life Backwards. Her husband died in 1989, and she currently lives in Oxford, England.


  • She is the first woman and American to win the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for her novel Theory of War. This book also won the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and a US National Endowment for the Arts grant. She won a large settlement from the shoe factory, but this personal experience of perceived political injustice and corruption shocked her into seeking a way to expose it.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: The Imposter, 1979, The Unmaking of a Dancer, 1982, Theory of War, 1992 (Whitbread novel award, 1992, Whitbread Book of Year award, 1993, paperback editions United States and United Kingdom, 1994, The Netherlands, 1995, Germany, France, hardcover editions France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Korea, Poland and the Netherlands), Prologue, 1994 (United Kingdom, The Netherlands), Death Comes for Peter Pan, 1996 (United Kingdom, The Netherlands, France, paperback edition, 1997), The Emigre, 1999 (paperback edition, 2000, France, 2001), Bleedout, 2005. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Authors Guild, Society Authors, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Dexter Masters, September 23, 1963 (deceased 1989). 1 child, Alexander.

Robert Alexander

Mildred Edie Brady

Dexter Masters

Alexander Brady