Geraldine Brooks – Men can absent themselves from…

Men can absent themselves from real life for their art more easily. Women are anchored…


“Men can absent themselves from real life for their art more easily. Women are anchored into the quotidian business of getting food on the table, making sure everybody’s socks match, the soccer gear is ready. I admire idealists, but they’re usually enabled by someone who holds the tether on their balloon, who pays the bills and sweeps up after them.”
-Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks – I mean the beauty of…

I mean the beauty of being a writer is it’s not like being a swimmer…


“I mean the beauty of being a writer is it’s not like being a swimmer. When they were talking about our Olympic swimmers and they’d say, ‘Oh she’s so old,’ and she’s all of 25 or something. So the beauty for a writer is that you can keep doing it right into your dotage, and I hope to be able to keep doing it as long as I can get away with it, yeah.”
-Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks – My mother’s family were full…

My mother’s family were full-on Irish Catholics – faith in an elaborate old fashioned, highly…


“My mother’s family were full-on Irish Catholics – faith in an elaborate old fashioned, highly conservative and madly baroque style. I sort of fell out of the tribe over women’s rights and social justice issues when I was just 13 years old.”
-Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks – The thing that most attracts…

The thing that most attracts me to historical fiction is taking the factual record as…


“The thing that most attracts me to historical fiction is taking the factual record as far as it is known, using that as scaffolding, and then letting imagination build the structure that fills in those things we can never find out for sure.”
-Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks – Both my mum and dad…

Both my mum and dad were great readers, and we would go every Saturday morning…


“Both my mum and dad were great readers, and we would go every Saturday morning to the library, and my sister and I had a library card when we could pass off something as a signature, and all of us would come with an armful of books.”
-Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks – The day in 2004 when…

The day in 2004 when the radiologist told me I had invasive cancer, I walked…


“The day in 2004 when the radiologist told me I had invasive cancer, I walked down the hospital corridor looking for a phone to call my husband, and I could almost see the fear coming toward me like a big, black shadow.”
-Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks – Sydney in the 1960s wasn’t…

Sydney in the 1960s wasn’t the exuberant multicultural metropolis it is today. Out in the…


“Sydney in the 1960s wasn’t the exuberant multicultural metropolis it is today. Out in the city’s western reaches, days passed in a sun-struck stupor. In the evenings, families gathered on their verandas waiting for the ‘southerly buster’ – the thunderstorm that would break the heat and leave the air cool enough to allow sleep.”
-Geraldine Brooks