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Kate Grenville Kate Grenville i(A22750 works by) (a.k.a. Catherine Elizabeth Grenville)
Born: Established: 1950 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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1 Kate Grenville Kate Grenville (interviewer), 2022 single work interview
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 18-24 June 2022;

'The greatest influence on Kate Grenville was her mother, whose own passion for storytelling and record keeping is among the award-winning author’s earliest memories. By Kate Holden.'  (Introduction)

1 I Hijacked Elizabeth Macarthur’s Story for A Room Made of Leaves. Now, through Her Letters, She Speaks for Herself Kate Grenville , 2022 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 12 April 2022;
1 2 y separately published work icon Elizabeth Macarthur’s Letters Elizabeth Macarthur , Kate Grenville (editor), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2022 23602503 2022 single work correspondence

'These letters were the starting point for Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel A Room Made of Leaves. They inspired the portrait of her imagined Elizabeth Macarthur: shrewd, subtle, passionate. And they offer a glimpse into the complex inner life of one of our most powerful foremothers. Yet, until now, a general reader could only access a handful of them.

'This book offers an edited selection, with commentary from Grenville, of the many letters Elizabeth Macarthur wrote ‘home’ from colonial Sydney over her long life—letters in which we can hear the voice of a remarkable woman. Circumstances confronted her with huge challenges, but also gave her opportunities unknown to most women of the time. It was a life of tumult, of griefs and joys—all faced with spirit, and recorded in this lively and engaging correspondence.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Always Greener : The Restless Life of Dolly Russell Kate Grenville , Sydney : Audible Studios , 2021 22526293 2021 single work biography

''If there’d been a gun in her hand at that moment she knew she’d have shot them.... She’d been so pleased with little Dolly Russell, the good life she’d got for them all. Thought she had it made, had got her hands at last on the levers of her life.... Now it turned out that all that, being so pleased with herself, was no more real than a puff of smoke.'

'Always Greener is an exquisite portrait of Kate Grenville's complex, conflicted grandmother, who she feared as a child and only in adulthood came to understand. Born in rural Australia, Dolly Russell becomes a successful businessperson, mother and troubled wife. Then came the depression, bankruptcy and World War I. Yet, in a way, those disasters freed her. They allowed her to use her intelligence and ambition to make a space for herself in a man’s world.

'With all the pathos and subtlety that defined Grenville’s Australian classics such as Lilian’s Story and her Booker-shortlisted The Secret RiverAlways Greener tells the story of a generation of women often forgotten at our own cost.' (Publication summary)

1 Lockdown Kate Grenville , 2020 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 79 no. 3 2020;

'At first we laughed at ourselves. The way people looked disapprovingly at a bulging shopping bag. The moral agony about whether to take the last tin of kidney beans. The jokes about toilet paper.' (Introduction)

1 What If the Wife of a Colonial Monster Had Left behind Brutally Frank Secret Memoirs? Kate Grenville , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 3 July 2020;

'In writing Elizabeth Macarthur’s imagined tell-all, I wanted to take the image of the devout, demure, compliant and uncomplaining woman and blast it open.'

3 16 y separately published work icon A Room Made of Leaves Kate Grenville , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 18931283 2020 single work novel historical fiction

'Do not believe too quickly…

'What if Elizabeth Macarthur—wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in early Sydney—had written a shockingly frank secret memoir?

'In her introduction Kate Grenville tells, tongue firmly in cheek, of discovering a long-hidden box containing that memoir. What follows is a playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented.

'Grenville’s Elizabeth Macarthur is a passionate woman managing her complicated life—marriage to a ruthless bully, the impulses of her own heart, the search for power in a society that gave her none—with spirit, cunning and sly wit.

'Her memoir reveals the dark underbelly of the polite world of Jane Austen. It explodes the stereotype of the women of the past: devoted and docile, accepting of their narrow choices. That was their public face—here’s what one of them really thought.

'At the centre of this book is one of the most toxic issues of our times: the seductive appeal of false stories. Beneath the surface of Elizabeth Macarthur’s life and the violent colonial world she navigated are secrets and lies with the dangerous power to shape reality.

'A Room Made of Leaves is the internationally acclaimed author Kate Grenville’s first novel in almost a decade. It is historical fiction turned inside out, a stunning sleight of hand that gives the past the piercing immediacy of the present.'(Publication summary)

1 Introduction Kate Grenville , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Kindness Cup 2018;
1 Saying the Unsayable : A Kindness Cup by Thea Astley Kate Grenville , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , May 2018;

'The first book of Thea Astley’s I read was A Kindness Cup, which was published in 1974. Rereading it in the early 2000s I was awed at how ahead of her time she was. Thirty years beforehand she had known what some of us were only just waking up to: that our own history provides a powerful engine for fiction, and that the voice of fiction can say the unspoken about that history.' (Introduction)

1 Finding Australian Stories Kate Grenville , 2016 extract essay
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 12 August 2016; The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 August 2016; (p. 26) The Sunday Age , 14 August 2016; (p. 24) #SaveOzStories 2016;

'The proposed changes to copyright have the potential to send Australian writing, in one lifetime, through an entire cycle from bust to boom and back to bust again. Sixty years ago, what Australians got to read was by and large dictated by people on the other side of the world. We were a literary colony. If the Productivity Commission has its way, we’ll be back to that same second-hand status.' (Introduction)

1 14 y separately published work icon One Life : My Mother's Story Kate Grenville , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2015 8222311 2015 single work biography (taught in 1 units)

'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, squashed in with bedding, the cooking pots rattling around in the back, and her mother shouting back towards the house: Goodbye, Rothsay, I hope I never see you again!

'When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

'One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.' (Publication summary)

1 Sarah Thornhill Kate Grenville , 2012 extract novel historical fiction (Sarah Thornhill)
— Appears in: The Invisible Thread : One Hundred Years of Words 2012; (p. 151-154)
1 On the Nose Kate Grenville , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Life , 30 September 2012; (p. 21)
6 28 y separately published work icon Sarah Thornhill Kate Grenville , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2011 Z1882145 2011 single work novel historical fiction 'Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. She grows up in the fine house her father is so proud of, a strong-willed young woman who's certain where her future lies. She's known Jack Langland since she was a child, and always loved him. But the past is waiting in ambush with its dark legacy. There's a secret in Sarah's family, a piece of the past kept hidden from the world and from her. A secret Jack can't live with... ' (Trove record)
1 Readings Can Be Cheerful Alex Miller , Emily Maguire , Luke Davies , Emily Ballou , Steven Amsterdam , Kate Grenville , Brenda Niall , Peter Carey , M. J. Hyland , John Banville , Helen Garner , Geraldine Brooks , Andrea Goldsmith , Chris Wallace-Crabbe , Toni Jordan , Matthew Reilly , Charlotte Wood , Anson Cameron , Michael McGirr , Peter Temple , Robert Adamson , Nikki Gemmell , Steven Carroll , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 12 December 2009; (p. 26-28)
A range of writers offer their opinions on the books they most enjoyed reading in 2009. Some of the books cited are by Australian writers.
1 The Writer in a Time of Change : Learning from Experience Kate Grenville , 2009 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Summer no. 26 2009; (p. 53-64)
1 What I've Learnt : Kate Grenville, Author, 59 Kate Grenville , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 7-8 November 2009; (p. 6-7)
1 From : Lilian's Story Kate Grenville , 2009 extract novel (Lilian's Story)
— Appears in: Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009; (p. 1195-1202)
1 Kate Grenville : The Books That Changed Me Kate Grenville , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 30 August 2009; (p. 10-11)
Kate Grenville nominates five books that changed her. Her list comprises Nan Chauncy's They Found a Cave, Patrick White's Riders in the Chariot, Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch, Helen Garner's The Children's Bach and Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers.
1 The Weight of the Word Kate Grenville , 2009 single work essay
— Appears in: The Age , 20 June 2009; (p. 16)
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