HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for a special Summertime Series in 2023.

Our first episode stars Geraldine Brooks.

Originally recorded as part of the HNSA 2021 Conference, HNSA Chair Elisabeth Storrs, chats to Brooks about the conference theme: Recovery: Restoring, Reconciling and Re-imagining Lost Histories.

Brooks’ first historical novel, Year of Wonders, proved to be a portent of a world in lockdown. Her subsequent novels have restored or reimagined many lost histories.

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks grew up in Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the mideast, Africa and the Balkans. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her second 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 international bestseller, translated into more than 25 languages and currently optioned for a major motion picture starring Andrew Lincoln. Her most recent novels include The Secret Chord and Horse, which was shortlisted in the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize.

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