KATE GRENVILLE is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novels have won many awards and have been published around the world. They include The Secret River (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and winner of the Commonwealth Prize and the NSW Premier’s Prize), The Idea of Perfection (winner of the Orange prize) and Lilian’s Story (winner of the Australian/Vogel Prize). Patrick White welcomed Lilian’s Story as “a dazzling fiction of universal appeal.” Dark Places was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction.
As well as her novels and a collection of short stories, Grenville has published three books about the writing process, one co-written with novelist Sue Woolfe. The Writing Book, Writing From Start to Finish and Making Stories have become classics both for writing classes and individuals. She’s also written a memoir, Searching for The Secret River, an account of the research and writing of the novel for which she’s best-known.
The Lieutenant, The Secret River, and her most recent novel, Sarah Thornhill together make up The Colonial Trilogy, novels which explore Australia’s often troubled past.
Grenville was born in Sydney and has lived in the UK, France and the USA. She has been awarded many honours, including an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of NSW. For many years she taught Creative Writing in universities, but she now writes full-time. In her leisure hours she enjoys attempting to play the cello in an amateur orchestra and a string quartet. She lives in Sydney with her family.You can find out more about Kate Grenville’s life and books at kategrenville.com
KATE GRENVILLE is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novels have won many awards and have been published around the world. They include The Secret River (winner of the Commonwealth Prize), The Idea of Perfection (winner of the Orange prize) and Lilian’s Story (winner of the Australian/Vogel Prize).
Louise Adler is CEO and Publisher-in-Chief of Melbourne University Publishing. She is the Deputy Chancellor of Monash University and the Chair of the Board of Methodist Ladies' College. She also serves as a member of the Board of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.