John Zubrzycki is an Australian author, journalist and researcher, specialising in South Asia, in particular India.
His latest book, The House of Jaipur: The Inside Story of India's Most Glamorous Royal Family, is published by Juggernaut (India).
He is the best-selling author of Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic is published in by Hurst (UK), Oxford University Press (USA) and Scribe (Australia). It is published in India as Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India by Picador. His earlier books are The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback (2006 Pan Macmillan, Australia; 2007 Picador, India) and The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy (2013 Random House, India; 2017 Transit Lounge, Australia).
In 2019 he was awarded a doctorate at the University of New South Wales for his thesis investigating the historical links between Indian and Western stage magicians.
From 2009-13 he was the editor of the world commentary section at The Australian newspaper and also worked as deputy foreign editor, leader writer and special reports editor. He worked at The Australian's Sydney bureau since 2000, having joined after a four year stint as a foreign correspondent in New Delhi for The Australian, The South China Morning Post and The Christian Science Monitor.
He now writes for the Good Weekend magazine of the Sydney Morning Herald and numerous other publications including the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, the Wire (India), Scroll (India) and Live History India.
Previously he has worked as an Australian diplomat with postings in New Delhi and Jakarta, a broadcaster with Radio Australia, consultant and academic. He graduated from the Australian National University in 1984 with degrees in South Asian history and politics and completed a cadetship at The Age newspaper. As an author he is represented by Curtis Brown Australia.