Kate Grenville

Brief Biography

Kate Grenville was born in Sydney in 1950 and holds degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Colorado. She has worked as a film editor, journalist, typist and teacher, and spent seven years in Europe and the USA working and studying. She has held fellowships from the Internatonal Association of University Women, and from the Literary Arts Board of the Australia Council. Her novel Lilian's Story won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1986, Dark Places was shortlisted for the 1995 Miles Franklin Award, and The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2001.

Kate Grenville now writes full-time and lives in Sydney.


Lilian's Story 1985
Dreamhouse 1986
Joan Makes History 1988
Dark Places 1994 (aka Albion's Story)
The Idea of Perfection 1999
The Secret River 2005

Short Story Collections
Bearded Ladies 1984

The Writing Book: a workbook for fiction writers 1990
Making Stories: how ten Australian novels were written 1993 - in collaboration with Sue Wolfe

Web Presence
Kate Grenville has her own web page at:
You can read an interview with Kate Grenville, conducted by Maggie Ball.

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