Born and raised in Melbourne, Andrea Goldsmith trained as a speech pathologist and spent several years working with children. From 1987, she taught creative writing at Deakin University, and her essays have appeared in The Age, Australian Book Review and Island. Goldsmith has given frequent readings of her work and in 1992 toured north-western Victoria with the National Book Council's writers' train.
Her first published novel Gracious Living (1989), was followed by Modern Interiors in 1991, which was shortlisted for the Lysbeth Cohen Award in 1992, Facing the Music (1994) and Under the Knife (1998). Her fifth novel, The Prosperous Thief (2002) spans three continents, and isan epic covering the lives of two vastly different families.
Goldsmith's published works include essays, short stories and travel writing, this last genre based on her love of travel. She has received a grant from the Australia Council and has been involved with the Victorian Writers' Centre mentorship scheme in Melbourne.
The Memory Trap2013single work novel 'The past feeds into the present and often undermines it in this story about marriage, memory and mistakes that can never be forgiven. It features Nina, a memorial consultant and her futurologist husband Daniel: her sister Zoe, a music teacher and Zoe's biographer husband, American ex-alcoholic Elliot. And lastly, there is Ramsay Blake, a genius at the piano but a half-baked human being in every other respect.
All the relationships are on shaky ground. As for memory and forgiveness are less reliable than what we would like to think.' (Source: Author's website: http://andreagoldsmith.com.au/the-memory-trap/ )