Grenville, Kate (1950-)

Kate Grenville is one of Australia's best-known authors. She's published nine books of fiction and four books about the writing process. Her best-known works are the international best-seller The Secret River, The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant, and Lilian's Story Her novels have won many awards both in Australia and the UK, several have been made into major feature films, and all have been translated into European and Asian languages.

Kate Grenville

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The Secret river : Miniseries (2015)


ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler, Kate Grenville, When Kate Grenville's mother died she left fragments of a memoir. Kate has pieced them into an intimate biography. Wednesday 6 May 2015, - Audio [49:59]

ABC RN - Late night live, Kate Grenville's One Life: My mother' story' with presenter Phillip Adams - Audio [6:43]

ABC Splash

The Wheeler Centre

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  • Book and writing with Ramona Koval Kate Grenville talks to Ramona Koval about her latest, and much anticipated, new novel The Secret River. This is a tale that seeks to gain a new vantage point from which to view Australia's European settlement. It's a story of ordinary people, inter-cultural incoherence and dreadful inevitabilities. [ABC - Radio National - Transcript only]
  • Kate Grenville talks to Mark Rubbo, Readings Bookshop about 'The Lieutenant' [Transcript only]
  • Kate Grenville on writing, history and her latest book (Sarah Thornhill). Sydney Writers' Centre interview with Kate Grenville at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2011. Find out why she started writing, her writing process, how she researches for her story and her views on writing Australian historical fiction. (14:02)
  • Past imperfect: After two unpublished manuscripts and a spell in psychotherapy, Australian novelist Kate Grenville found success with novels about her country's violent history. Kate Grenville interviewed by Susanna Rustin, 19 August 2007, The Guardian [Transcript only]




Dark Places

The Idea perfection

The Lieutenant

Sarah Thornhill

The Secret River

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