Erna Brodber (b 1940, Jamaica) was born to a small farmer and an elementary school teacher. She graduated from the University College of the West Indies-London/University of the West Indies (UWI) with a PhD in history. Brodber lectured and researched for many years at the UWI. She is an author of six works of fiction and seven of non-fiction, plus several papers in peer-reviewed journals. Brodber attracted several fellowships in Europe and the USA, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Canada and the Caribbean, received a Golden Musgrave Award (Institute of Jamaica), was made a Prince Klaus laureate (Government of the Netherlands), received an Order of Distinction (commander class) from the government of Jamaica, was awarded a doctor of letters by the University of the West Indies and received a Windham-Campbell Award (Yale University). She is currently working on Searching for Great Grand Mother: Another History of Jamaica 1721–1952.