Geraldine Brooks Delivers 2011 Boyer Lectures: “The Idea of Home”

Every year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation airs a series of  talks by a prominent Australian. Geraldine’s first lecture explores our duty to our only home, this planet. The second and third examine how Brooks’s ideas were shaped by the progressive ethos of her Australian childhood and her years abroad as a foreign correspondent.  In the final lecture, she reflects on her ultimate home in literature as a writer of historical fiction.

Listen to the first lecture


  • Geoff Mutton

    An excellent pair of podcasts. She has a beautiful accent and a clarity of exposition. I’ve decided I now need to read her works…

    December 14, 2011
    • Thank you. I’m glad you like my mutt accent: Aussie childhood seasoned by Cairo spice and moistened by London drizzle then sent to mature in the United States…

      May 22, 2013
  • Madeleine

    Hi Geraldine,
    I have ADORED each of your ‘lectures’. I drive home for an hour at the time they have been aired. I don’t remember anything of my trips home – I have just been transported by you, by your words, your ideas, your life and experiences. And I’m going out to buy all your books!

    December 15, 2011
  • Pamela J Wheeler

    Will the lecture / s be published in book form?

    December 15, 2011
    • They have been, by Harper Collins Australia. The title is “The Idea of Home.”

      May 22, 2013
  • Dabrina

    I just started reading People of the Book, and can hardly put it down. I’m looking forward to reading your other books. Thank you so much!!!

    January 16, 2012
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