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Issue Details: First known date: 1994 1994
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'This is Albion Gidley Singer at the pen, a man with a weakness for a good fact. The first fact is always the hardest: you have to begin somewhere, and such is the nature of this intractable universe that the only thing you can start with is yourself.

'Dark Places, a companion novel to Lilian’s Story, is the tale of a man with a comically grand exterior who believes he has the right, and the duty, to conquer the mocking flesh of any woman. Even his own daughter.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Other formats: Also sound recording, large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Macmillan , 1994 .
      Extent: 375p.
      ISBN: 0732907896
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Picador , 1994 .
      Extent: 375p.
      ISBN: 0330335499
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Harcourt Brace , 1994 .
      Alternative title: Albion's Story
      Extent: 375p.
      Edition info: 1st U.S. ed.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 1995 .
      Extent: 375p.
      ISBN: 0330356410 (pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
      6055088246892146158.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: xiv, 331p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Louise Adler.
      • Publication date: 26 April 2012.
      ISBN: 9781921922213 (pbk.)
      Series: y Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)

Works about this Work

Cannibalism and Colonialism : Lilian's Story and (White) Women's Belonging Laura Deane , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;

'In 1985, when Kate Grenville’s novel about a fat, unlovely bag lady appeared on the Australian literary landscape, Lilian’s Story was celebrated as a feminist and postcolonial text. By locating Lilian as ex-centric to the nation, to inhabit the abjected zones of the colony—the bush, the asylum, the streets of post-Federation Sydney—Grenville is commonly read as a feminist writer intervening into the gender politics that shaped Australia. Feminists celebrate the ways in which she carves out discursive spaces for women who have existed largely in the interstices between public memory and official history. Postcolonial critical interpretations of Lilian being ‘colonised’ by her father, provoked by the rape narrative, have tended to reproduce the postcolonial trope of Australia’s shift from a colonial relationship to a national structure. Such readings largely neglect the colonial violence of Australian patriarchy, and the skewed gender norms that result when a host culture is transplanted to an imperial outpost. Taking up the colonial metaphor structuring the relationship between Lilian and her father, I read Lilian’s ‘madness’ as a response to discourses of ‘race’ and gender that circulate in the colonial Imaginary to position women as the site for racial anxiety about colonial ‘dirt’, contamination and disorder. While Lilian approaches the rebellious female grotesque celebrated in postcolonial feminist theorising, her obese body also signifies the devouring nature of colonialism. This paper engages with the white politics of women’s ‘belonging’ inscribed in Lilian’s Story to disinter the schizoid nature of white women’s relationship to colonial patriarchy.' (Publication abstract)

Books That Changed Me...Ben Strout Ben Strout , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 24 March 2013; (p. 12)
Katherine Howell : The Books that Changed Me Katherine Howell , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 18 March 2012; (p. 7)
Books of the Week Lizzie Stafford , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 29 April 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel ; Am I Black Enough for You? Anita Heiss 2012 single work autobiography
Untitled Estelle Tang , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Theorising the Madwoman : Fictocritical Incursions - A Performance Laura Deane , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'‘Theorising the madwoman : fictocritical incursions - a performance’ is an intervention into the politics of naming and writing about women’s madness in literature. Using fictocritical tactics, this article stages a dialogue between the madwoman and the critic to make visible ‘the fiction of the disembodied scholar’ deployed in textual criticism. Sometimes speaking as the madwoman, sometimes as the feminist critic, I aim to destabilise the voice of the objective scholar, while continuing to lay some claim to it. Polyvocal in arrangement, discordant and offbeat in its strategies, and fictocritical in its tactics and stylistics, this article is an incursion into, rather than an interpretation of, women’s madness. Using a hybrid of fictional strategies, feminist scholarship, and personal experience, I allow the madwoman to interrupt, challenge and resist the interpretive project, by careening into it. Provisional, disorderly and subversive, fictocriticism offers a way of thinking through, rather than thinking about women’s madness. It seems particularly suited to an investigation of the madwoman in literature, as it dramatises the very disorder and instability the madwoman is said to embody.' (Author's abstract)
How To Occupy the Mind of a Monster Kate Grenville , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 April 2008; (p. 8-9)
Review Ian Nichols , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 18 April 2008; (p. 40)

— Review of The Changeling Sean Williams 2007 single work novel ; Hard Jacka Michael Lawriwsky 2007 single work biography ; Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Gao bie ji jin nu quan zhu yi-Ping Kaite Gelunweier de xioa shuo Hei an zhi di yu Wan mei zhu yi Liping Wang , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 103-107)
Second Look Peter Craven , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 14 August 2005; (p. 18)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
The Imperfect Perfectionist Murray Waldren , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 September 2001; (p. 29-30)
Interview with Kate Grenville on Dark Places Michelle Weisz , Anna Bang , 1999 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , Spring-Summer vol. 59 no. 3-4 1999; (p. 180-184)
Nobody's Perfect Angela Bennie , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 July 1999; (p. 8)
Madness as a Postcolonial Strategy of National Identity in Peter Carey's Illywhacker and Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story and Dark Places Helen Thomson , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Nationalism Reconsidered : Maintaining a Monocultural Tradition in a Multicultural Society 1999; (p. 172-180)
Kate Grenville Kate Grenville , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: An Eloquent Sufficiency : 50 writers talk about life and literature over lunch 1998; (p. 116-120)
Books Read Recently Bruce Gillespie , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Scratch Pad 18 , July 1996; (p. 4-6)

— Review of Distress Greg Egan 1995 single work novel ; The Memory Cathedral : A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci Jack Dann 1995 single work novel ; Permutation City Greg Egan 1994 single work novel ; Eccentrics : The Scientific Investigation David Joseph Weeks 1988 single work essay ; Old School Tie Paul Thomas 1994 single work novel ; Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel ; Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Grenville's Dark Places Wins Place in the Sun Debra Jopson , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 October 1995; (p. 9)
Delighted Grenville Takes Top Prize for Fiction Louise Carbines , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 21 October 1995; (p. A5)
Letters to the Editor : Re: Mystery Authors: Demidenko Debra Adelaide , 1995 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , October no. 35 1995; (p. 1-2)
`Dark Places' Lit Up Norma Allen , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 November 1995; (p. 13)
Second Look Peter Craven , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 14 August 2005; (p. 18)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Review Ian Nichols , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 18 April 2008; (p. 40)

— Review of The Changeling Sean Williams 2007 single work novel ; Hard Jacka Michael Lawriwsky 2007 single work biography ; Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Australian Horror Bill Congreve , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Sirius , September no. 10 1995; (p. 47-53)

— Review of The Empty Beach Peter Corris 1983 single work novel ; A Place to Fear G. M. Hague 1994 single work novel ; Darkland Sean Thomas O'Brien 1995 single work novel ; Ghost Beyond Earth G. M. Hague 1993 single work novel ; Circle of Light Martin Middleton 1990 single work novel ; Ghost Beyond Earth G. M. Hague 1993 single work novel ; Revenge of the Revenant Paul Michael Christison 1994 single work novel ; Jenny's Dance Bruce Kaplan 1989 single work novel ; Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel ; The Mischief Makers Rosemary Barnes 1993 single work novel ; The House That Jack Built Veronica Hart 1993 single work novel
Books Read Recently Bruce Gillespie , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Scratch Pad 18 , July 1996; (p. 4-6)

— Review of Distress Greg Egan 1995 single work novel ; The Memory Cathedral : A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci Jack Dann 1995 single work novel ; Permutation City Greg Egan 1994 single work novel ; Eccentrics : The Scientific Investigation David Joseph Weeks 1988 single work essay ; Old School Tie Paul Thomas 1994 single work novel ; Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel ; Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Books of the Week Lizzie Stafford , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 29 April 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel ; Am I Black Enough for You? Anita Heiss 2012 single work autobiography
Untitled Estelle Tang , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Infinite Variety Morag Fraser , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Voices , Summer (1994-1995) vol. 4 no. 4 1994; (p. 91-98)

— Review of Wallflowers and Witches : Women and Culture in Australia 1910-1945 1994 anthology criticism biography ; Weddings and Wives 1994 anthology short story drama poetry prose autobiography ; Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel ; Christina Stead : Selected Fiction and Nonfiction Christina Stead 1994 selected work short story prose extract correspondence ; Australia for Women : Travel and Culture 1994 anthology short story poetry prose criticism ; The Orchard Drusilla Modjeska 1994 selected work short story
Play with the Problem of Evil Jennifer Maiden , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 141 1995; (p. 82-84)

— Review of The House in the Light Beverley Farmer 1995 single work novel ; Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel ; Still Life Rod Wayman 1994 single work novel ; Billy Sunday Rod Jones 1995 single work novel ; The Sitters Alex Miller 1995 single work novel
Forecasts John Nieuwenhuizen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , May vol. 73 no. 1047 1994; (p. 31)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Obsessions of an Australian Psycho in a Suit Don Anderson , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 July 1994; (p. 9A)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Lilian's Graceless Encore Ivor Indyk , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 July 1994; (p. rev 7)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Albion Much More than a Monster Robin Lucas , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 July vol. 116 no. 5929 1994; (p. 89)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Creating Dark Deeds in Dark Places Catherine Ford , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 17 July 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Revenge of the Cur Rosemary Sorensen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23 July 1994; (p. 7)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel ; One of the Wattle Birds Jessica Anderson 1994 single work novel
Superb but Disturbing Phil Brown , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 July 1994; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Kate's Dirty Old Man Susan Geason , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 31 July 1994; (p. 122)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Unexpected Humour in the Dark Places Hamilton Smith , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 August 1994; (p. C11)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Perfidious Albion Kerryn Goldsworthy , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 162 1994; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Into the Asylum Lynn Knight , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 2 September no. 4769 1994; (p. 10)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Sins of the Father Peter Craven , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 53 no. 3 1994; (p. 566-570)

— Review of Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Gao bie ji jin nu quan zhu yi-Ping Kaite Gelunweier de xioa shuo Hei an zhi di yu Wan mei zhu yi Liping Wang , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 103-107)
How To Occupy the Mind of a Monster Kate Grenville , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 April 2008; (p. 8-9)
Theorising the Madwoman : Fictocritical Incursions - A Performance Laura Deane , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'‘Theorising the madwoman : fictocritical incursions - a performance’ is an intervention into the politics of naming and writing about women’s madness in literature. Using fictocritical tactics, this article stages a dialogue between the madwoman and the critic to make visible ‘the fiction of the disembodied scholar’ deployed in textual criticism. Sometimes speaking as the madwoman, sometimes as the feminist critic, I aim to destabilise the voice of the objective scholar, while continuing to lay some claim to it. Polyvocal in arrangement, discordant and offbeat in its strategies, and fictocritical in its tactics and stylistics, this article is an incursion into, rather than an interpretation of, women’s madness. Using a hybrid of fictional strategies, feminist scholarship, and personal experience, I allow the madwoman to interrupt, challenge and resist the interpretive project, by careening into it. Provisional, disorderly and subversive, fictocriticism offers a way of thinking through, rather than thinking about women’s madness. It seems particularly suited to an investigation of the madwoman in literature, as it dramatises the very disorder and instability the madwoman is said to embody.' (Author's abstract)
Interview with Kate Grenville on Dark Places Michelle Weisz , Anna Bang , 1999 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , Spring-Summer vol. 59 no. 3-4 1999; (p. 180-184)
Katherine Howell : The Books that Changed Me Katherine Howell , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 18 March 2012; (p. 7)
Books That Changed Me...Ben Strout Ben Strout , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 24 March 2013; (p. 12)
Lighting Up Those Dark But Not Spooky Places Catherine Armitage , 1994 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 July 1994; (p. 6)
Shine a Light Rosemary Sorensen (interviewer), 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 162 1994; (p. 10-11)
Grenville's Dark Places Wins Place in the Sun Debra Jopson , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 October 1995; (p. 9)
Albion's Story Peter Craven , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 23 July 1994; (p. 7)
Delighted Grenville Takes Top Prize for Fiction Louise Carbines , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 21 October 1995; (p. A5)
Letters to the Editor : Re: Mystery Authors: Demidenko Debra Adelaide , 1995 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , October no. 35 1995; (p. 1-2)
`Dark Places' Lit Up Norma Allen , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 November 1995; (p. 13)
Nobody's Perfect Angela Bennie , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 July 1999; (p. 8)
Letting Loose the Monster Catherine Armitage , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 June 1994; (p. 9A)
Kate Grenville Kate Grenville , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: An Eloquent Sufficiency : 50 writers talk about life and literature over lunch 1998; (p. 116-120)
The Imperfect Perfectionist Murray Waldren , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 September 2001; (p. 29-30)
Madness as a Postcolonial Strategy of National Identity in Peter Carey's Illywhacker and Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story and Dark Places Helen Thomson , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Nationalism Reconsidered : Maintaining a Monocultural Tradition in a Multicultural Society 1999; (p. 172-180)
Cannibalism and Colonialism : Lilian's Story and (White) Women's Belonging Laura Deane , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;

'In 1985, when Kate Grenville’s novel about a fat, unlovely bag lady appeared on the Australian literary landscape, Lilian’s Story was celebrated as a feminist and postcolonial text. By locating Lilian as ex-centric to the nation, to inhabit the abjected zones of the colony—the bush, the asylum, the streets of post-Federation Sydney—Grenville is commonly read as a feminist writer intervening into the gender politics that shaped Australia. Feminists celebrate the ways in which she carves out discursive spaces for women who have existed largely in the interstices between public memory and official history. Postcolonial critical interpretations of Lilian being ‘colonised’ by her father, provoked by the rape narrative, have tended to reproduce the postcolonial trope of Australia’s shift from a colonial relationship to a national structure. Such readings largely neglect the colonial violence of Australian patriarchy, and the skewed gender norms that result when a host culture is transplanted to an imperial outpost. Taking up the colonial metaphor structuring the relationship between Lilian and her father, I read Lilian’s ‘madness’ as a response to discourses of ‘race’ and gender that circulate in the colonial Imaginary to position women as the site for racial anxiety about colonial ‘dirt’, contamination and disorder. While Lilian approaches the rebellious female grotesque celebrated in postcolonial feminist theorising, her obese body also signifies the devouring nature of colonialism. This paper engages with the white politics of women’s ‘belonging’ inscribed in Lilian’s Story to disinter the schizoid nature of white women’s relationship to colonial patriarchy.' (Publication abstract)

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