Kate Grenville
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Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville (kategrenville.com) was born in Sydney, Australia. She's published eight books of fiction, including the multiple prize-winners 'The Secret River', 'The Lieutenant', 'The Idea of Perfection', and 'Lilian's Story'. She's also published three books about the writing process that are classic texts for Creative Writing classes, and a memoir about the research and writing of 'The Secret River'.

Grenville writes about Australia, but her themes are universal: love, violence, and survival. Her characters are often inspired by real historical characters: her own nineteenth century convict ancestor, an early Australian settler; a bag-lady on the streets of 1950s Sydney who quotes Shakespeare for a living; a soldier in the Sydney of 1788 who shares an extraordinary friendship of tenderness and respect with a young Aboriginal girl.

Grenville's international prizes include the Orange Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and a shortlisting for the Man Booker Prize. Her books have been published all over the world and translated into many languages, and two have been made into feature films.

Learn more about Kate Grenville, her books, and how to get hold of them, at kategrenville.com.


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    • The Secret River

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Paul Blackwell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    In 1806 William Thornhill, a man of quick temper and deep feelings, is transported from the slums of London to New South Wales for the term of his natural life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Powerful yet heartbreaking. An absolute must for every Australian

    • By henhao on 03-01-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Lieutenant

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    In 1787 Lieutenant Thomas Rooke sets sail from Portsmouth with the First Fleet and its cargo of convicts, destined for New South Wales....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Very disappointing.

    • By Karen T on 12-13-17

    Regular price: $34.96

    • The Case Against Fragrance

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Belinda McClory
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Enlightening

    • By Lila on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $10.75

    • Sarah Thornhill

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Absorbing, first-rate historical novel

    • By Kimberly on 10-18-12

    Regular price: $16.35

    • The Idea of Perfection

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Odette Joannidis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Set in the eccentric backwater of Karakarook (pop. 1,374), New South Wales, this is the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a shy and clumsy engineer with jug-ears who meets Harley Savage....

    Regular price: $22.27

    • One Life

    • My Mother's Story
    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Kate Grenville
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Nance was a week short of her sixth birthday when she and Frank were roused out of bed in the dark and lifted into the buggy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • For all Australian Women

    • By Jo on 08-18-17

    Regular price: $26.11

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