Caroline Brothers Credit Rannjan Joawn
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I was born almost as far south in the world as you can get, in Hobart, Australia, and grew up in Melbourne where I went to school and university. After that I moved to the UK to do postgraduate work.

That's where I wrote my doctorate on the Spanish Civil War and the genesis of modern war photography, at University College London, and afterwards joined Reuters, which trained me as a foreign correspondent and sent me abroad.

I've worked as a reporter in London and Belfast, in Brussels and Amsterdam, in Mexico City and Paris. I’ve spent longer or shorter periods of my life in Germany, Scotland, parts of Greece and Argentina, and embarked on travels that have taken me from the Sahara Desert to the Amazon, from the Arctic Circle to the island of Zanzibar.

I joined the International New York Times in Paris and wrote Hinterland there. The Memory Stones was researched primarily in France, Greece and Argentina, but for me the story began long ago, in a conversation in La Condesa, in Mexico City...

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