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The Idea of Home : Boyer Lectures 2011 - Geraldine Brooks

The Idea of Home

Boyer Lectures 2011


Published: 13th December 2011
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For the Boyer Lecture 2011, best-selling author and journalist Geraldine Brooks tackles the topic of The Idea of Home.

Drawing on her personal experience from being an adolescent pen pal to being a foreign correspondent in some of the worlds most dangerous countries to being a writer of several award winning books including the Pulitzer Prize winner, March.

Brooks reflects on what it means to be both a global citizen and a novelist at home in an increasingly fractured world.

The individual lectures are: Our Only Home, A Home on Bland Street, A Writer at Home and At Home in the World

About the Author

Geraldine Brooks is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning March, Year of Wonders, and the non-fiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Previously, Brooks was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. Born and raised in Australia, she divides her time between Sydney and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She lives with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons, Nathaniel and Bizuayehu.


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Geraldin Brooks is a writer to follow as she inpires all best the best qualities of being human.
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Geraldine Brooks

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 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. 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 she 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 25 languages and currently optioned for a major motion picture starring Andrew Lincoln. She is also the author of the non-fiction works Nine Parts of Desire, Foreign Correspondence and The Idea of Home.

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ISBN: 9780733330254
ISBN-10: 0733330258
Series: Boyer Lectures
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 107
Published: 13th December 2011
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 13.2 x 20.9  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.126