Joan Brady Joan Brady is an American-British writer and an international prize winner. Her novel Theory of War exposed the scandal of childhood slavery after the Civil War; it won an NEA Grant, the UK's coveted Whitbread Book of the Year Award (now Costa) and France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etrange. Death Comes for Peter Pan concerned a US medical scandal and was shortlisted for the Mind prize. The Unmaking of a Dancer was an autobiography; Ms. Brady first met the subject of her latest non-fiction book in 1960 and was in touch with him until his death in 1996. She currently resides in England.