Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in Sydney’s western suburbs. In 1982 she won a scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York. Later, she worked as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. In 2006, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel March. Her novels Caleb’s Crossing and People of the Book were both New York Times bestsellers, and Year of Wonders and People of the Book are international bestsellers, translated into more than 25 languages. She is also the author of the acclaimed non-fiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. In 2011, she presented Australia’s prestigious Boyer Lectures, later published as The Idea of Home.