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Kate Grenville - Author

About the Author

Kate Grenville was born in Sydney. Her most recent novel, The Idea of Perfection, won the Orange Prize for Fiction and became a long-running bestseller. Her five other works of fiction have won numerous awards. Kate Grenville lives in Sydney with her family.

 

Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on KATE GRENVILLE

Quite honestly words fail me when it comes to Kate Grenville’s Secret River. It stands alone. It is exemplary. We are whisked away from England in the company of convicted criminal William Thornhill and his wife, Sal, to a convict colony in Sydney, Australia. It is there that he settles with his family, determined to work the land and make a good life for himself. But he soon comes into conflict with the native Aborigines. It is a treasure this story, told in my opinion by one of the finest writers I have ever read.

Featured books by Kate Grenville

Sarah Thornhill

Sarah Thornhill

Author: Kate Grenville Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. Her stepmother calls her willful, but handsome Jack Langland loves her and she loves him. Me and Jack, she thinks, how could it go wrong? But there's an ugly secret in Sarah's family. That secret takes her into the darkness of the past, and across the ocean to the wild coasts of New Zealand. Among the strangers of that other place, she can begin to understand. Kate Grenville takes us back to the early Australia of The Secret River and the Thornhill family. This is Sarah's story. It's a story of love lost and found, tangled histories and how it matters to keep stories alive.

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Other books by Kate Grenville

The Lieutenant

The Lieutenant

Author: Kate Grenville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

In 1788 Daniel Rooke sets out on a journey that will change the course of his life. As a lieutenant in the First Fleet, he lands on the wild and unknown shores of New South Wales. There he sets up an observatory to chart the stars. But this country will prove far more revelatory than the skies above. Based on real events, The Lieutenant tells the unforgettable story of Rooke's connection to an Aboriginal child - a remarkable friendship that resonates across the oceans and the centuries.

The Secret River

The Secret River

Author: Kate Grenville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2019

A deeply moving and unflinching journey into Australia's dark history, telling the story of two families divided by culture and land. William Thornhill arrives in New South Wales a convict from the slums of London. Upon earning his pardon he discovers that this new world offers something he didn't dare dream of: a place to call his own. But as he plants a crop and lays claim to the soil on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, he finds that this land is not his to take. Its ancient custodians are the Dharug people. The Secret River, adapted from Kate Grenville's acclaimed novel by playwright Andrew Bovell, was first performed in January 2013 at the Sydney Theatre, performed by Sydney Theatre Company. It has its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2019, before coming to the National Theatre, London.

The Secret River

The Secret River

Author: Kate Grenville, Diana Athill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER OF THE 2006 COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE IMPAC DUBLIN PRIZE London, 1806. William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood sweetheart Sal, is a waterman on the River Thames. Life is tough but bearable until William makes a mistake, a bad mistake for which he and his family are made to pay dearly. His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. Soon Thornhill, a man no better or worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life.

The Case Against Fragrance

The Case Against Fragrance

Author: Kate Grenville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2018

The Idea of Perfection Picador Classic

The Idea of Perfection Picador Classic

Author: Kate Grenville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

With an introduction by Evie Wyld The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville is a funny and touching romance between two people who've given up on love. Set in the eccentric little backwater of Karakarook, New South Wales, pop. 1374, it tells the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, and Harley Savage, a woman altogether too big and too abrupt for comfort. Harley is in Karakarook to foster 'Heritage', and Douglas is there to pull down the quaint old Bent Bridge. From day one, they're on a collision course. But out of this unpromising conjunction of opposites, something unexpected happens: sometimes even better than perfection.

The Case Against Fragrance

The Case Against Fragrance

Author: Kate Grenville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2017

One Life My Mother's Story

One Life My Mother's Story

Author: Kate Grenville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2016

'Clear, authentic and utterly engaging . . . it is as successful as it is authentic' Independent on Sunday Born to an unhappy marriage and into a deeply sexist society, Nance Russell worked hard for everything she had, and while the world changed around her, she went on to university, to opening businesses and raising a family. One Life is Nance's story - and many other women's too - beautifully captured by her daughter, the bestselling novelist Kate Grenville. Kate draws on the tales passed down to her to create an evocative portrait of life in twentieth-century rural Australia, and a deeply intimate and caring homage to a mother.

The Secret River

The Secret River

Author: Kate Grenville Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/06/2015

The Secret River

The Secret River

Author: Kate Grenville Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/06/2015

One Life My Mother's Story

One Life My Mother's Story

Author: Kate Grenville Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2015

One Life My Mother's Story

One Life My Mother's Story

Author: Kate Grenville Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/04/2015

Bearded Ladies

Bearded Ladies

Author: Kate Grenville Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

Kate Grenville's bearded ladies live on the fringe of things, where nothing is quite as it seems. Their beards are invisible, but the women, and men, in these highly acclaimed black comedies are just as out of step and out of place as if they were in a side show.

Bearded Ladies

Bearded Ladies

Author: Kate Grenville Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

Kate Grenville's bearded ladies live on the fringe of things, where nothing is quite as it seems. Their beards are invisible, but the women, and men, in these highly acclaimed black comedies are just as out of step and out of place as if they were in a side show.

Dreamhouse

Dreamhouse

Author: Kate Grenville Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

It should have been a perfect summer, but for Louise and Rennie their dreamhouse is the stuff of nightmares. Kate Grenville's extraordinary, disturbing novel evokes the mystery and menace underpinning everyday life.

Dreamhouse

Dreamhouse

Author: Kate Grenville Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

It should have been a perfect summer, but for Louise and Rennie their dreamhouse is the stuff of nightmares. Kate Grenville's extraordinary, disturbing novel evokes the mystery and menace underpinning everyday life.

Joan Makes History

Joan Makes History

Author: Kate Grenville Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2014

In this rollicking, irreverent tour de force, Kate Grenville rewrites the familiar past. Joan is a wife and mother of no great distinction, but in the life of her imagination she is on the front line of events, effortlessly subverting the solemnity of momentous occasions and cheerfully altering the course of history. First published in 1988, Joan Makes History was funded by the Australian Bicentennial Authority to celebrate 200 years of history.

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